cut·​worm ˈkət-ˌwərm How to pronounce cutworm (audio)
: any of various smooth-bodied chiefly nocturnal noctuid moth caterpillars which often feed on young plant stems near ground level

Examples of cutworm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tobacco cutworm’s native range is in subtropical parts of China and Taiwan. Elizabeth Anne Brown, New York Times, 6 Nov. 2023 Quick Tangent: The Bugs That Changed Human History Common lawn pests include cutworms, army worms, and a newer threat, the Japanese beetle. Brett Martin, Popular Mechanics, 21 July 2023 Watch for cutworm damage in garden. oregonlive, 1 July 2021 Control weeds, grasses, and debris in the vegetable garden that provide cover; hand-pick cutworm larvae after dark, using a flashlight to find them, if practical. oregonlive, 7 Mar. 2021 The omnivores eat many different foods, including whitebark pine nuts and army cutworm moths. James Leggate, Fox News, 10 Sep. 2020 The cutworm comes from a moth laying their eggs in the soil. oregonlive, 24 May 2020 Killing a cutworm with a trowel or farmer’s knife (Hori-Hori) will save woe in terms of labor and time. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, 17 Apr. 2018 Grizzlies, which are a type of brown bear, also like to spend their days turning over rocks in search of army cutworm moths. Jason Bittel, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cutworm was in 1816

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“Cutworm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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cut·​worm ˈkət-ˌwərm How to pronounce cutworm (audio)
: any of various smooth-bodied nocturnal moth caterpillars that usually feed on plants

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