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webworm

[web-wurm]
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noun
  1. the larva of any of several moths, as Hyphantria cunea (fall webworm) or Loxostege similalis (garden webworm), which spins a web over the foliage on which it feeds.
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Origin of webworm

An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800; web + worm
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for webworm

Historical Examples

  • In nests of webworm and beaten from bushes of bayberry, Myrica cerifera, along edge of pine woods (Rehn and Hebard, 1916).

    The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches

    Louis M. Roth

  • Chorisoneura texensis has been found in nests of webworm in Florida (Rehn and Hebard, 1916).