pink bollworm


: a small dark brown moth (Pectinophora gossypiella) whose pinkish larva bores into the flowers and bolls of cotton and is a destructive pest in most cotton-growing regions

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Now, over a decade later, the pink bollworm is gone. Amanda Morris, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2021 Not every pink bollworm was susceptible to the toxin. Amanda Morris, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2021 Over the years, the success of screwworm eradication has inspired scientists to apply the sterile-insect technique to other agricultural pests such as the Mexican fruit fly, the Mediterraean fruit fly, and the pink bollworm. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 26 May 2020 The pink bollworm moth has been eradicated after ravaging U.S. cotton crops for more than a century. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, 26 Oct. 2018 Cotton farmers in Maharashtra have lost about 120 billion rupees after pink bollworm damaged crops, Dhawale said., 12 Mar. 2018 That was the first release of insects with any sort of genetic modification in the United States, and three years of releases pretty much eliminated pink bollworms in the area. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 8 Sep. 2017 Then, beginning in 2006, researchers released irradiated and sterile pink bollworms—also from Oxitec—into cotton fields in Arizona. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 8 Sep. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pink bollworm was in 1906

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“Pink bollworm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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