bagworm

noun
bag·​worm | \ ˈbag-ˌwərm How to pronounce bagworm (audio) \

Definition of bagworm

: any of a family (Psychidae) of moths with wingless females and plant-feeding larvae that live in a silk case covered with plant debris especially : one (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis) often destructive to deciduous and evergreen trees of the eastern U.S.

Examples of bagworm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unfortunately, evergreen areas killed by bagworms do not regrow. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: On how to deal with bagworms and stiltgrass," 4 Sep. 2019 The ideal time to spray for bagworm control is the first and second week of June with Malathion. Dick Crum, Indianapolis Star, "Dr. Dirt: Tulip trees suffer heat stress," 11 Aug. 2017 Subject to spider mites and occasionally bagworms, but both are easily stopped. Neil Sperry, star-telegram.com, "Plan(t) on these top 10 best groundcover choices," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of bagworm

1811, in the meaning defined above

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“Bagworm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bagworm. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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