borer

noun
bor·​er | \ ˈbȯr-ər How to pronounce borer (audio) \

Definition of borer

1 : a tool used for boring
2a : shipworm
b : an insect that bores in the woody parts of plants

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Maintenance could include the removal of dead and dying trees, in some cases killed by ash borers or damaged by oak wilt, Sustainability Director Mike Foley said. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com, "Cuyahoga County awards nearly $1 million to cities, civic groups in County Executive Budish’s tree canopy restoration plan," 11 Sep. 2019 Secondly, higher the tree diversity, the lesser the pest attacks from the berry borer beetle—this is likely because more beneficial insects such as those that eat the dangerous ones are able to thrive. Nandita Jayaraj, Quartz India, "The coffee plantations of India’s western ghats are being wrongly blamed for climate change," 4 Sep. 2019 There are birch tree varieties that are more and less susceptible to bronze birch borer. oregonlive.com, "Can household vinegar kill dandelions? Ask an expert," 17 Aug. 2019 The adult bronze borer is a ½-inch-long, dark, bronzed colored beetle. oregonlive.com, "Can household vinegar kill dandelions? Ask an expert," 17 Aug. 2019 Orange oil soaks into the bark and wood, kills the borers and sets up a repellent fragrance. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Is that tree damage from woodpeckers or borer insects?," 13 Aug. 2019 The borers, which came from Asia on a ship, lay eggs in ash tree bark. Alyssa Lukpat, BostonGlobe.com, "Maine Forest Service releasing wasps to kill invasive forest beetles," 17 July 2019 At the beginning of the season, cover your plants with floating row covers to protect them from common culprits like squash bugs, squash vine borers, and cucumber beetles. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow a Pumpkin Plant in Your Garden This Fall," 12 July 2019 If your summer squash is destroyed by squash vine borers, replace it with tatuma squash. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "More great plants for color in your San Antonio summer garden," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of borer

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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borer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of borer

: an insect that digs holes in the woody parts of plants

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