cabbage worm

\ ˈka-bij-ˌwərm How to pronounce cabbage worm (audio) \
variants: or cabbageworm

Definition of cabbage worm

: an insect larva (as of a cabbage butterfly) that feeds on cabbages

Examples of cabbage worm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All parts of the plant can be toxic if ingested –– except, alas, for such pests as cabbage worms, spider mites, aphids and whiteflies. R. Daniel Foster,, "What a showoff: Ghostly Brugmansia delivers spectacular garden blooms," 22 June 2018 Turn leaves over to spot cabbage worms that decimate leaves with voracious munching. R. Daniel Foster,, "What a showoff: Ghostly Brugmansia delivers spectacular garden blooms," 22 June 2018 Row covers allow light and water to permeate but protect broccoli from destructive cabbage worms. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Broccoli," 25 Apr. 2018 Plant mustard to deter cabbage worms and harlequin bugs from cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts., "In vegetable gardens, good-neighbor planting makes all the difference," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of cabbage worm

1688, in the meaning defined above

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Cite this Entry

“Cabbage worm.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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