corn earworm

noun
corn ear·​worm | \ -ˈir-ˌwərm How to pronounce corn earworm (audio) \

Definition of corn earworm

: a noctuid moth (Helicoverpa zea synonym Heliothis zea) whose large striped yellow-headed larva is especially destructive to corn, tomatoes, tobacco, and cotton bolls

Examples of corn earworm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pests monitored: Pheromone lures are available for diamondback moths and moths that produce armyworms, cabbage loopers, corn earworms, European corn borers, tomato pinworms, and cutworms. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Organic Pest Control Techniques For Your Garden," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of corn earworm

1802, in the meaning defined above

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“Corn earworm.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corn%20earworm. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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