pickleworm

[ pik-uhl-wurm ]
/ ˈpɪk əlˌwɜrm /

noun

the larva of a pyralid moth, Diaphania nitidalis, that bores into the stem and fruit of squash, cucumber, and other cucurbitaceous plants.

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Origin of pickleworm

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; pickle1 + worm
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