boll-worm

bollworm

[bohl-wurm]

Origin:
1840–50, Americanism; boll + worm

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bollworm (ˈbəʊlˌwɜːm)
 
n
any of various moth caterpillars, such as Pectinophora (or Platyedra) gossypiella (pink bollworm), that feed on and destroy cotton bolls

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