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spring cankerworm

noun
1.
See under cankerworm.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90, Americanism

cankerworm

[kang-ker-wurm] /ˈkæŋ kərˌwɜrm/
noun
1.
the striped, green caterpillar of any of several geometrid moths: a foliage pest of various fruit and shade trees, as Paleacrita vernata (spring cankerworm) and Alsophila pometaria (fall cankerworm)
Origin
1520-30; canker + worm
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British Dictionary definitions for spring cankerworm

cankerworm

/ˈkæŋkəˌwɜːm/
noun
1.
the larva of either of two geometrid moths, Paleacrita vernata or Alsophila pometaria, which feed on and destroy fruit and shade trees in North America
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spring cankerworm in the Bible

(Heb. yelek), "the licking locust," which licks up the grass of the field; probably the locust at a certain stage of its growth, just as it emerges from the caterpillar state (Joel 1:4; 2:25). The word is rendered "caterpillar" in Ps. 105:34; Jer. 51:14, 17 (but R.V. "canker-worm"). "It spoileth and fleeth away" (Nah. 3:16), or as some read the passage, "The cankerworm putteth off [i.e., the envelope of its wings], and fleeth away."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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