wireworm

[wahyuh r-wurm]
noun
  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.

Origin of wireworm

First recorded in 1780–90; wire + worm
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wireworm

noun
  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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