- any of several insects, especially moths of the family Tortricidae, the larvae of which form a nest by rolling and tying leaves with spun silk.
Origin of leaf roller
First recorded in 1820–30
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Examples from the Web for leaf roller
My trees are troubled with canker-worm, tent-caterpillar, flathead borer, and leaf-roller.
My old trees are affected with flathead borer and leaf-roller.
We have some leaf-roller, fall web-worm, and codling-moth, but have never sprayed any.
Trees are troubled with flathead borer and leaf-roller, and my apples with codling-moth.
My trees are troubled with twig-borer, canker-worm, and leaf-roller, and my fruit with codling-moth.