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[wahyuh r-wurm]
  1. any of the slender, hard-bodied larvae of click beetles, many of which live underground and feed on the roots of plants.
  2. any of various small myriapods.
  3. stomach worm.
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Origin of wireworm

First recorded in 1780–90; wire + worm
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Examples from the Web for wireworm

Historical Examples of wireworm

  • The wireworm and slugs are both very fond of Pinks and Carnations.

    Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers

    John Wood

  • Every "Adonis" potato is inoculated for wireworm before leaving our grounds.

  • Kainit is said to keep off wireworm, and is recommended in the United States as a preventive against this pest.

  • Wireworm and grub are fond of the roots; when the plants appear sickly, these pests should be looked for.

  • One day I encountered a sand-wasp which had just stung a wireworm and was dragging it over the ground.

    In the Open

    Stanton Davis Kirkham

British Dictionary definitions for wireworm


  1. the wormlike larva of various elaterid beetles, which feeds on the roots of many crop plants and is a serious agricultural pest
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