cotton bollworm

noun

Examples of cotton bollworm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ban stayed in place until 2019, when the government allowed the importation of GM cotton engineered to be resistant against a pest called the cotton bollworm. Matt Reynolds, WIRED, 3 Mar. 2023 These varieties contain a bacterial protein called Bt that kills pests such as the cotton bollworm without harming beneficial insects and spiders. Keith Kloor, Discover Magazine, 26 Feb. 2014 Every year, insects like the cotton bollworm destroy more than 20 percent of the world’s crops. WIRED, 23 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cotton bollworm was in 1870

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“Cotton bollworm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cotton%20bollworm. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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