wire-worm

wireworm

[wahyuhr-wurm]
noun
1.
any of the slender, hard-bodied larvae of click beetles, many of which live underground and feed on the roots of plants.
2.
any of various small myriapods.

Origin:
1780–90; wire + worm

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wireworm (ˈwaɪəˌwɜːm)
 
n
the wormlike larva of various elaterid beetles, which feeds on the roots of many crop plants and is a serious agricultural pest

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