jointworm

jointworm

[joint-wurm]
noun
the larva of any of several chalcid flies of the family Eurytomidae, especially of the genus Harmolita, that feeds within the stems of grasses, often causing a gall near the first joint.
Also called strawworm.


Origin:
1700–10; joint + worm

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jointworm (ˈdʒɔɪntˌwɜːm)
 
n
(US) the larva of chalcid flies of the genus Harmolita, esp H. tritici, which form galls on the stems of cereal plants

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