tobacco hornworm


Definition of tobacco hornworm

: an American hawk moth (Manduca sexta) whose large usually green larva is a hornworm that feeds on the leaves of plants of the nightshade family and especially tobacco and tomato

Examples of tobacco hornworm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2008, researchers from Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., taught caterpillars of the tobacco hornworm moth to dislike—and avoid—a particular scent. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "How a caterpillar becomes a butterfly: Metamorphosis, explained," 11 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of tobacco hornworm

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Tobacco hornworm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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