European corn borer

noun

: an Old World moth (Ostrinia nubilalis) widespread in eastern and central North America where its larva is a major pest in the stems, crowns, and fruits of crop plants and especially corn

Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of European corn borer was in 1918

Dictionary Entries Near European corn borer

Cite this Entry

“European corn borer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/European%20corn%20borer. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on European corn borer

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!