European corn borer

noun

Definition of European corn borer

: 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

First Known Use of European corn borer

1918, in the meaning defined above

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“European corn borer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/European%20corn%20borer. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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