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corn earworm

[ kawrn-eer-wurm ]
/ ˈkɔrn ˌɪər wɜrm /
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noun
the larva of a cosmopolitan noctuid moth, Heliothis zea, that is highly destructive to crops, especially corn, cotton, and tomato.
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Origin of corn earworm

An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805
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British Dictionary definitions for corn earworm

corn earworm

noun
US the larva of the noctuid moth Heliothis armigera, which feeds on maize and many other crop plantsSee also bollworm
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