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wireworm

[wahyuh r-wurm] /ˈwaɪərˌwɜrm/
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
1780-1790
1780-90; wire + worm
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  • Further crossing of aphid and wireworm resistant individuals to cultivated potato will be conducted.
  • wireworm bait stations should be used to determine if corn seed protection is necessary.
  • Research has also begun to identify tolerance to wireworm in both spring and winter wheat.
  • wireworm effects on sugarcane emergence after short-duration flood applied at planting.
British Dictionary definitions for wireworm

wireworm

/ˈwaɪəˌwɜːm/
noun
1.
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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