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spruce budworm

[ buhd-wurm ]
/ ˈbʌdˌwɜrm /
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noun

the larva of a common tortricid moth, Choristoneura fumiferana, that is a destructive pest primarily of spruce and balsam fir in the northern and northeastern U.S. and in Canada.

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Origin of spruce budworm

First recorded in 1880–85
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