cabbage looper

noun
the larva of a noctuid moth, Trichoplusia ni, common throughout the U.S. and Canada, that feeds on a wide variety of vegetable crops, especially cabbage and lettuce.

Origin:
1900–05

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Cabbage looper trenched leaves and fed on the leaf tissue distal to the trench, on tissue whose laticifers had been depressurized.
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