wireworm

[ wahyuhr-wurm ]
/ ˈwaɪərˌwɜrm /

noun

any of the slender, hard-bodied larvae of click beetles, many of which live underground and feed on the roots of plants.
any of various small myriapods.

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Origin of wireworm

First recorded in 1780–90; wire + worm
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British Dictionary definitions for wireworm

wireworm
/ (ˈwaɪəˌwɜːm) /

noun

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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