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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cabbage worm.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of cabbage worm

1688, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cabbage worm

Statistics for cabbage worm

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for cabbage worm

The first known use of cabbage worm was in 1688

See more words from the same year

Comments on cabbage worm

What made you want to look up cabbage worm? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


behavior toward others

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!