tobacco budworm

noun

Definition of tobacco budworm

: an American noctuid moth (Heliothis virescens synonym Helicoverpa virescens) whose striped and variably colored larva feeds on buds and young leaves especially of tobacco and cotton

First Known Use of tobacco budworm

1918, in the meaning defined above

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“Tobacco budworm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tobacco%20budworm. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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