Palmerworm
Palmerworm Palm"er*worm`, n. (Zo["o]l.) (a) Any hairy caterpillar which appears in great numbers, devouring herbage, and wandering about like a palmer. The name is applied also to other voracious insects. --Joel. i. 4. (b) In America, the larva of any one of several moths, which destroys the foliage of fruit and forest trees, esp. the larva of {Ypsolophus pometellus}, which sometimes appears in vast numbers. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • palmerworm — noun Date: 1560 a caterpillar that suddenly appears in great numbers devouring herbage …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • palmerworm — palm•er•worm [[t]ˈpɑ mərˌwɜrm[/t]] n. ent the larva of a moth, Dichomeris ligulella, of the eastern U.S., that feeds on the leaves of fruit trees • Etymology: 1550–60 …   From formal English to slang

  • palmerworm — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: palmer (I) + worm : a caterpillar that suddenly appears in great numbers devouring herbage; especially : one that is the larva of a No. American moth (Dichomeris ligulella) and that is destructive to fruit trees * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ypsolophus pometellus — Palmerworm Palm er*worm , n. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) Any hairy caterpillar which appears in great numbers, devouring herbage, and wandering about like a palmer. The name is applied also to other voracious insects. Joel. i. 4. (b) In America, the larva of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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