corn rootworm


noun

the larva of any of several leaf beetles of the genus Diabrotica that feeds on roots and underground stems: an agricultural pest, especially of corn.

Nearby words

  1. corn on the cob,
  2. corn picker,
  3. corn plant,
  4. corn pone,
  5. corn poppy,
  6. corn rose,
  7. corn row,
  8. corn salad,
  9. corn shock,
  10. corn shuck

Origin of corn rootworm

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95

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