potato tuberworm

potato tu·​ber·​worm | \ -ˈtü-bər-ˌwərm How to pronounce potato tuberworm (audio) , -ˈtyü- \

Definition of potato tuberworm

: a grayish-brown moth (Phthorimaea operculella) whose larva mines the leaves and bores in the stems and tubers of the potato plant and often attacks other solanaceous plants (such as tobacco and tomato)

First Known Use of potato tuberworm

1894, in the meaning defined above

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“Potato tuberworm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potato%20tuberworm. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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