corn borer


Definition of corn borer

: any of several insects that bore in the stalks or ears of corn: such as
a : an Old World moth (Ostrinia nubilalis) widespread in eastern and central North America where its larva is a major pest in the stems, crowns, and fruits of crop plants and especially corn

called also European corn borer

b : a pyralid moth (Diatraea grandiosella) whose larva causes serious damage especially to corn crops by boring in the stalks

called also southwestern corn borer

Examples of corn borer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Farmers with corn borers to control next year should plan to attend the plowing demonstration to be held on George and Leon Bailey farm on Thursday, September 24, at 1:30 p.m. Leon Bailey, the operator of the farm. Kitty Conley, Post-Tribune, "Lake County Star almanac," 11 Sep. 2017

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1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Corn borer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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