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[hawrn-wurm] /ˈhɔrnˌwɜrm/
the larva of any of several hawk moths, having a hornlike process at the rear of the abdomen.
Origin of hornworm
1670-80, Americanism; horn + worm Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If the tobacco hornworm looks odd from the outside as it crawls, check out the inside.
  • When hornworm caterpillars eat tobacco plants, they doom themselves with their own spit.
  • Although many people think a hornworm can sting with its horn, this is not true.
  • These predators will eat pesky insects such as aphids and tomato hornworm.

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