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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How to use wireworm in a sentence
Of course it was quite unnecessary to point out that the poor bird was merely trying to get at the wireworms and devour them!The Romance of Plant Life | G. F. Scott Elliot
Wireworms are deadly enemies to the Gladiolus corms, and an effort should be made to clear them out.The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition | Sutton and Sons
The latter gives off a gas smelling of naphthalene which kills the Wireworms.The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition | Sutton and Sons
They have been taught guns and traps and taken a special course in wireworms and green-corn.Wild Animals I Have Known | Ernest Thompson Seton
The larvæ of the Elateridæ, known as wireworms, are long and slender, with short legs.On the Origin and Metamorphoses of Insects | Sir John Lubbock
British Dictionary definitions for wireworm
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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