cabbage maggot


Definition of cabbage maggot

: a small white maggot (Hylemya brassicae) that feeds in the roots and stems of cabbage and other cruciferous plants and becomes as an adult a grayish fly resembling a small housefly

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First Known Use of cabbage maggot

1847, in the meaning defined above

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“Cabbage maggot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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