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budworm

[buhd-wurm] /ˈbʌdˌwɜrm/
noun
1.
any of several lepidopterous larvae, especially the spruce budworm, that attack the buds of plants.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; bud1 + worm
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  • Overall, fewer tobacco budworm moths were captured than bollworm moths.

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