tomato hornworm

noun
the larva of a hawk moth, Manduca quinquemaculata, having a black, hornlike structure at the rear, that feeds on the leaves of tomato, potato, and other plants of the nightshade family.
Also called potato worm.


Origin:
1920–25

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These predators will eat pesky insects such as aphids and tomato hornworm.
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