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cutworm

[kuht-wurm]
noun
  1. the caterpillar of any of several noctuid moths, which feeds at night on the stems of young plants, cutting them off at the ground.
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Origin of cutworm

First recorded in 1800–10; cut + worm
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cutworm

noun
  1. the caterpillar of various noctuid moths, esp those of the genus Argrotis, which is a pest of young crop plants in North America
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