webworm

noun
web·​worm | \ ˈweb-ˌwərm How to pronounce webworm (audio) \

Definition of webworm

: 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 Even if there is some sod webworm damage, lawns can quickly recover with normal care. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Let healthy cherry tomato plants continue to produce," 24 Aug. 2019 Fall webworms are the larvae of moths that are actually quite mobile. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "It’s almost never too late to plant mondograss," 31 Oct. 2019 Only when feeding sod webworms are found in the lawn are sprays effective. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Let healthy cherry tomato plants continue to produce," 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, "What Are Nematodes? These Tiny Parasites Can Help — Or Hurt — Your Garden," 1 July 2018 Regardless, the webworms inside will emerge as moths in the spring. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Why These Creepy Web Nests Are Popping Up Everywhere On Trees In the South," 7 Aug. 2017 The webworms are gone and only pellets of excrement remain in the web. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: Be wary of the 'bathtub effect'," 12 July 2018 Lawn moths arrived early; control sod webworms when chewing damage is noted. 20. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018 These types of nematodes are effective against a variety of pest species including weevils, clearwing borers, cutworms, sod webworms, chinch bugs, and white grubs. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "What Are Nematodes? Are They Friendly Worms? Or Deadly Parasites?," 1 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of webworm

1757, in the meaning defined above

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“Webworm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/webworm. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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