borer

noun bor·er \ ˈbȯr-ər \

Definition of borer

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

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First Known Use of borer

14th century


BORER Defined for English Language Learners

borer

noun

Definition of borer for English Language Learners

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


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