cutworm

[ kuht-wurm ]
/ ˈkʌtˌwɜrm /

noun

the caterpillar of any of several noctuid moths, which feeds at night on the stems of young plants, cutting them off at the ground.

Origin of cutworm

First recorded in 1800–10; cut + worm
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cutworm

/ (ˈkʌtˌwɜːm) /

noun

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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