bollworm

noun
boll·​worm | \ ˈbōl-ˌwərm How to pronounce bollworm (audio) \

Definition of bollworm

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

Examples of bollworm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These bollworms had been genetically modified to carry a fluorescent protein, which marked them as the company’s. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "Genetically Modified Moths Come to New York," 8 Sep. 2017 That’s been successful in suppressing the screw-worm fly, Mexican fruit fly, a cotton bollworm and some other pests. Mary Esch, The Seattle Times, "Researchers test self-destructing moth pest in cabbage patch," 29 May 2017 That's been successful in suppressing the screw-worm fly, Mexican fruit fly, a cotton bollworm and some other pests. CBS News, "Researchers plan first release of self-destructing moth pest on American soil," 29 May 2017 That’s been successful in suppressing the screw-worm fly, Mexican fruit fly, a cotton bollworm and some other pests. Washington Post, "Researchers test self-destructing moth pest in cabbage patch," 29 May 2017 That 25 percent enabled enough Bt-vulnerable pink bollworms to survive that the spread of resistance was halted. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Pink bollworm attacks on GM cotton foiled by leaving some plants unmodified," 13 May 2017 Smatecek said Monsanto’s genetically engineered cotton doesn’t repel all bollworms, but does reduce the amount of pesticide needed to control the pest. Associated Press, WIRED, "Biotech Tug of War in Rural India," 10 Feb. 2003

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1843, in the meaning defined above

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“Bollworm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bollworm. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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