cabbage worm


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

Examples of cabbage worm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The objective is to get an early crop of kale for spring and control the cabbage worm. oregonlive, 29 Apr. 2020 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,, 22 June 2018 Turn leaves over to spot cabbage worms that decimate leaves with voracious munching. R. Daniel Foster,, 22 June 2018 Row covers allow light and water to permeate but protect broccoli from destructive cabbage worms. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, 25 Apr. 2018 Plant mustard to deter cabbage worms and harlequin bugs from cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts., 29 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1688, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cabbage worm was in 1688

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“Cabbage worm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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