n. moth caterpillars that ruin cotton bolls; moth larva that eats corn

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  • bollworm — ☆ bollworm [bōl′wʉrm΄ ] n. 1. a kind of moth larva (Platyedra gossypiella) that feeds on developing cotton bolls, ears of corn, tomatoes, etc.: also called pink bollworm 2. CORN EARWORM …   English World dictionary

  • Bollworm — Boll worm , n. (Zo[ o]l.) The larva of a moth ({Heliothis armigera}) which devours the bolls or unripe pods of the cotton plant, often doing great damage to the crops. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bollworm — A bollworm is a common term for any larva of a moth that attacks the fruiting bodies of certain crops, especially cotton. The most common moths known as bollworms are:* Red or Sudan Bollworm: Diaparopsis * Rough Bollworm: Earias buegeli * Spotted …   Wikipedia

  • bollworm — /bohl werrm /, n. 1. See pink bollworm. 2. See corn earworm. [1840 50, Amer.; BOLL + WORM] * * * Any larva of various moth species, including the pink bollworm (family Gelechiidae) and some Heliothis species (family Noctuidae; see corn earworm).… …   Universalium

  • bollworm — noun any of various moth caterpillars that destroy cotton bolls • Hypernyms: ↑caterpillar • Hyponyms: ↑pink bollworm, ↑Gelechia gossypiella, ↑corn earworm, ↑cotton bollworm, ↑tomato fruitworm, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • bollworm — boll•worm [[t]ˈboʊlˌwɜrm[/t]] n. 1) Also called pink bollworm the larva of a small moth, Pectinophora gossypiella, that feeds on the seeds of cotton bolls. 2) ent corn earworm • Etymology: 1840–50, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • bollworm — /ˈboʊlwɜm/ (say bohlwerm) noun any of various moth larvae which attack cotton bolls, as the pink bollworm, the larva of a Queensland moth, Pectinophora scutigera …  

  • bollworm — noun Date: 1847 corn earworm; also any of several other moths that feed on cotton bolls as larvae …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bollworm — noun The larvae of any of various species of moth that are pests to some agricultural crops …   Wiktionary

  • bollworm — noun a moth caterpillar which is a pest of cotton and other crops in North America …   English new terms dictionary

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