wireworm

[ wahyuhr-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.

Origin of wireworm

1
First recorded in 1780–90; wire + worm

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British Dictionary definitions for wireworm

wireworm

/ (ˈwaɪəˌwɜːm) /


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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