bud·​worm | \ ˈbəd-ˌwərm How to pronounce budworm (audio) \

Definition of budworm

: a moth larva that feeds on the buds of plants — compare spruce budworm, tobacco budworm

Examples of budworm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The problem in asking me is that there are all manner of reasons why a spruce tree would have needles turn brown, from sawflies and budworms to fungi, viruses, mites and bad weather. Jeff Lowenfels, Alaska Dispatch News, "Spruce trees turning brown? Here’s what might be going wrong," 22 Sep. 2017 This article on Petunias from Colorado State gives information on petunias and their pests, including the Tobacco (geranium) budworm. Kym Pokorny, OregonLive.com, "Can watering in heat of the day hurt plants? Ask the experts," 12 July 2017

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First Known Use of budworm

1849, in the meaning defined above

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“Budworm.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/budworm. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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