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] ||

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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