cut worm

cutworm

[kuht-wurm]
noun
the caterpillar of any of several noctuid moths, which feeds at night on the stems of young plants, cutting them off at the ground.

Origin:
1800–10; cut + worm

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cutworm (ˈkʌtˌwɜːm)
 
n
the caterpillar of various noctuid moths, esp those of the genus Argrotis, which is a pest of young crop plants in North America

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