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[kuht-wurm] /ˈkʌtˌwɜrm/
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 of cutworm
1800-10; cut + worm Unabridged
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  • On a talus slope below it the team sets up a trap for army cutworm moths, strong fliers with abdomens the size of jelly beans.
  • cutworm infestations are already started by the time corn is planted.
  • The fastest-spreading species are two cutworm moths.
  • Flea beetles, as well as cutworm populations, can be reduced by cleaning up the garden area.
British Dictionary definitions for cutworm


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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