pickleworm

[pik-uhl-wurm]
noun
the larva of a pyralid moth, Diaphania nitidalis, that bores into the stem and fruit of squash, cucumber, and other cucurbitaceous plants.

Origin:
1865–70, Americanism; pickle1 + worm

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