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[bag-wurm] /ˈbægˌwɜrm/
any moth of the family Psychidae in its caterpillar phase, in which it wraps itself in a bag of silk, leaves, etc.
Origin of bagworm
1860-65, Americanism; bag + worm Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bagworm
  • Often times, the bagworm will go unnoticed until the foliage used in the bag turns brown.
  • If the bag material is constructed in a vertical pattern the bag is that of an evergreen bagworm.
  • Winter is a great time to reduce the bagworm population, decreasing damage next summer.
  • bagworm caterpillars occasionally web foliage and debris together to make bags up to two inches long.
British Dictionary definitions for bagworm


the larva of moths of the family Psychidae, which forms a protective case of silk covered with grass, leaves, etc
bagworm moth, any moth of the family Psychidae
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