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

Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tobacco budworm was in 1918

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“Tobacco budworm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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