cutworm

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cut·worm

noun \-ˌwərm\

Definition of CUTWORM

:  any of various smooth-bodied chiefly nocturnal noctuid moth caterpillars which often feed on young plant stems near ground level

First Known Use of CUTWORM

1816

cutworm

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Larva of certain species of owlet moths (family Noctuidae). The cutworm (not a true worm) is a serious insect pest of tobacco and other crops. Some species attack such plants as corn, grasses, tomatoes, and beans at night, severing roots and stems near ground level. Other species live underground and feed on plant roots.

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