root borer

noun

: an insect or insect larva that bores into the roots of plants: such as
a
: the large larva of a beetle (Prionus laticollis) of the family Cerambycidae that infests the roots of the grapevine and of various trees
b
: the larva of any of various moths (as Paranthrene polistiformis) that bores in grapevine roots

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“Root borer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/root%20borer. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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