pink bollworm

noun
  1. the larva of a gelechiid moth, Pectinophora gossypiella, that feeds on the seeds of the bolls of cotton and was introduced into cotton-growing regions of the world from Asia.

Origin of pink bollworm

First recorded in 1905–10
Also called bollworm.
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