web·​worm ˈweb-ˌwərm How to pronounce webworm (audio)
: any of various caterpillars that are more or less gregarious and spin large webs

Examples of webworm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Residents are normally advised to wait until sod webworm feeding is noticed by chewing of grass blades before applying a control. Tom MacCubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 29 May 2021 Even if there is some sod webworm damage, lawns can quickly recover with normal care. Tom MacCubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 24 Aug. 2019 Fall webworms are the larvae of moths that are actually quite mobile. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, 31 Oct. 2019 Only when feeding sod webworms are found in the lawn are sprays effective. Tom MacCubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 24 Aug. 2019 These types actually combat a variety of pest species, including weevils, clearwing borers, cutworms, sod webworms, chinch bugs, and white grubs. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, 1 July 2018 Regardless, the webworms inside will emerge as moths in the spring. Kelly O'Sullivan, Country Living, 7 Aug. 2017 The webworms are gone and only pellets of excrement remain in the web. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, 12 July 2018 Lawn moths arrived early; control sod webworms when chewing damage is noted. 20. Tom MacCubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, 30 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1757, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of webworm was in 1757

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“Webworm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/webworm. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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