wire·​worm ˈwī(-ə)r-ˌwərm How to pronounce wireworm (audio)
: any of the slender hard-coated larvae of various click beetles that include some destructive especially to plant roots

Word History

First Known Use

1771, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wireworm was in 1771

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“Wireworm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wireworm. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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wire·​worm ˈwī(ə)r-ˌwərm How to pronounce wireworm (audio)
: the slender hard-coated larva of various click beetles that is often destructive to plant roots
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