tomato hornworm


: a North American hawk moth (Manduca quinquemaculata) whose green larva is a hornworm feeding on leaves of plants of the nightshade family and especially tobacco and tomato

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web East of Cascades: Check for tomato hornworm. oregonlive, 1 Aug. 2022 What is a tomato hornworm? Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 June 2022 Plant basil with them to repel tomato hornworm. Carol Stocker,, 22 May 2022 Handpicking will usually control a tomato hornworm problem. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 June 2022 Common pests include the tomato hornworm (a large green caterpillar that can be picked off by hand), aphids (which can be sprayed with a mild solution of soapy water), and whiteflies. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 19 Apr. 2021 For example, the aforementioned and dreaded tomato hornworm metamorphizes into the large sphinx moth, a nighttime pollinator important to pitahaya and other night-blooming plants. Linda Jones, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Sep. 2020 But as with the tomato hornworm, these efforts to disseminate truth did not change how the rumors spread. Scientific American, 3 Sep. 2019 This appearance of the tomato hornworm was followed by terrifying reports of fatal poisonings and aggressive behavior toward people. Scientific American, 3 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tomato hornworm was in 1921

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“Tomato hornworm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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