leaf roller


: any of various lepidopterans whose larvae make a nest by rolling up plant leaves

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Finally, those leaf rollers really did a number on most of the lilac bushes. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Aug. 2019 That is summary-talk for birch leaves withering, massive lilac leaf roller attacks, aphid invasions and leaf miners where there are no aphids. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Aug. 2019 The fruit tree leaf roller is usually controlled by prebloom sprays for other insects on fruit trees. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, 26 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of leaf roller was in 1830

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“Leaf roller.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leaf%20roller. Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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