root borer


Definition of root borer

: 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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