Army worm
armyworm armyworm, Army worm Ar"my worm` (Zo["o]l.) (a) A lepidopterous insect, which in the larval state often travels in great multitudes from field to field, destroying grass, grain, and other crops. The common army worm of the northern United States is the noctuid moth ({Pseudaletia unipuncta}, formerly {Leucania unipuncta}. The name is often applied to other related species, as the cotton worm. (b) The larva of a small two-winged fly ({Sciara}), which marches in large companies, in regular order. See {Cotton worm}, under {Cotton}.

Syn: army worm [1913 Webster]

2. the larva of the fungus gnat; -- they march in large companies in regular order. [WordNet 1.5] ||


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  • army worm — ☆ army worm n. any of the larvae of certain noctuid moths, esp. of the moth (Pseudaletia unipuncta) of which the caterpillar is dark striped green and yellow: these larvae travel in large groups, ruining crops and grass * * * …   Universalium

  • army worm — ☆ army worm n. any of the larvae of certain noctuid moths, esp. of the moth (Pseudaletia unipuncta) of which the caterpillar is dark striped green and yellow: these larvae travel in large groups, ruining crops and grass …   English World dictionary

  • army worm — Caterpillar Cat er*pil lar, n. [OE. catyrpel, corrupted fr. OF. chatepelouse, or cate pelue, fr. chate, F. chatte, she cat, fem. of chat, L. catus + L. pilosus hairy, or F. pelu hairy, fr. L. pilus hair. See {Cat}, and {Pile} hair.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • army worm — noun 1》 any of a destructive mass of caterpillars of certain species of moth, which feed on crops. 2》 any of the small maggots of certain gnats, which move in large numbers within secreted slime …   English new terms dictionary

  • army worm —   Kupa, pe elua …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • army worm — noun noctuid moth larvae that travel in multitudes destroying especially grass and grain • Syn: ↑armyworm, ↑Pseudaletia unipuncta • Hypernyms: ↑caterpillar • Member Holonyms: ↑Pseudaletia, ↑genus Pseudaletia …   Useful english dictionary

  • Southern army worm — Cotton Cot ton (k[o^]t t n), n. [F. coton, Sp. algodon the cotton plant and its wool, coton printed cotton, cloth, fr. Ar. qutun, alqutun, cotton wool. Cf. {Acton}, {Hacqueton}.] 1. A soft, downy substance, resembling fine wool, consisting of the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bertha army worm — noun A type of cutworm of north central USA and Canada, destructive to crops • • • Main Entry: ↑bertha …   Useful english dictionary

  • worm —   Ko e, ilo.   See army worm, bristle worm, cutworm, maggot, measuring worm, pinworm.     Annelid worm, muiona.     Small worm in sand, moeone.     Worm offal, popopo.     Worm eaten, huhuhu.     A worm shell, po apo ai …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • worm — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. earthworm, angleworm; maggot, larva, grub, caterpillar; insect; crawler, nightcrawler; flatworm, platyhelminth, tapeworm, cestode, nematode, round worm, ascarid, pinworm, annelid; wretch; screw,… …   English dictionary for students

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