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jointworm

[joint-wurm] /ˈdʒɔɪntˌwɜrm/
noun
1.
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
1700-1710
1700-10; joint + worm
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jointworm

/ˈdʒɔɪntˌwɜːm/
noun
1.
(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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