tobacco budworm

noun

: 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

Examples of tobacco budworm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The moth family in this study feeds on roughly 350 plant species across North and South America, including the tobacco budworm, the corn earworm, and the fall armyworm. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 2 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tobacco budworm was in 1918

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“Tobacco budworm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tobacco%20budworm. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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