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cutworm

[kuht-wurm] /ˈkʌtˌwɜrm/
noun
1.
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
1800-1810
1800-10; cut + worm
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Examples for cutworm
  • 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

cutworm

/ˈkʌtˌwɜːm/
noun
1.
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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