- the larva of a cosmopolitan noctuid moth, Heliothis zea, that is highly destructive to crops, especially corn, cotton, and tomato.
Origin of corn earworm
An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805
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- US the larva of the noctuid moth Heliothis armigera, which feeds on maize and many other crop plantsSee also bollworm