bollworm

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boll·worm

noun \ˈbōl-ˌwərm\

Definition of BOLLWORM

:  corn earworm; also :  any of several other moths that feed on cotton bolls as larvae

First Known Use of BOLLWORM

1847

bollworm

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any larva of various moth species, including the pink bollworm (family Gelechiidae) and some Heliothis species (family Noctuidae; see corn earworm). Bollworms attack corn, tomatoes, cotton, peas, alfalfa, beans, soybeans, flax, peanuts, and other commercial crops. They can be controlled by natural parasites, early crop planting, trap crops, and insecticides.

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