follow Dictionary.com

How Well Do You Know English Slang?

spruce budworm

[buhd-wurm] /ˈbʌdˌwɜrm/
noun
1.
the larva of a common tortricid moth, Choristoneura fumiferana, that is a destructive pest primarily of spruce and balsam fir in the northern and northeastern U.S. and in Canada.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for spruce budworm
  • spruce budworm and pine bark beetle infestations have resulted in extensive areas of standing dead trees.
  • Ecologists first discovered similar signals in computer simulations of spruce budworm outbreaks.
  • Conifer dominated stands indicate a heavy past influence of spruce budworm.
  • In the surrounding uplands, spruce budworm infestations have likely damaged forests.
  • spruce budworm has impacted many sites as well, creating patchy forest structure.
  • The spruce budworm and various other insects are damaging.

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for spruce budworm

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for spruce

10
13
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for spruce budworm