Tomato worm
Tomato To*ma"to, n.; pl. {Tomatoes}. [Sp. or Pg. tomate, of American Indian origin; cf. Mexican tomail.] (Bot.) The fruit of a plant of the Nightshade family ({Lycopersicum esculentun}); also, the plant itself. The fruit, which is called also {love apple}, is usually of a rounded, flattened form, but often irregular in shape. It is of a bright red or yellow color, and is eaten either cooked or uncooked. [1913 Webster]

{Tomato gall} (Zo["o]l.), a large gall consisting of a mass of irregular swellings on the stems and leaves of grapevines. They are yellowish green, somewhat tinged with red, and produced by the larva of a small two-winged fly ({Lasioptera vitis}).

{Tomato sphinx} (Zo["o]l.), the adult or imago of the {tomato worm}. It closely resembles the tobacco hawk moth. Called also {tomato hawk moth}. See Illust. of {Hawk moth}.

{Tomato worm} (Zo["o]l.), the larva of a large hawk moth ({Manduca quinquemaculata}, {Protoparce quinquemaculata}, {Sphinx quinquemaculata}, or {Macrosila quinquemaculata}) which feeds upon the leaves of the tomato and potato plants, often doing considerable damage. Called also {tomato hornworm} and {potato worm}, and in the Southern U. S. {tobacco fly}. [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • tomato worm — Potato Po*ta to, n.; pl. {Potatoes}. [Sp. patata potato, batata sweet potato, from the native American name (probably batata) in Hayti.] (Bot.) (a) A plant ({Solanum tuberosum}) of the Nightshade family, and its esculent farinaceous tuber, of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tomato worm — noun large green white striped hawkmoth larva that feeds on tobacco and related plants; similar to tomato hornworm • Syn: ↑tobacco hornworm, ↑Manduca sexta • Hypernyms: ↑caterpillar • Member Holonyms: ↑Manduca, ↑genus Manduca …   Useful english dictionary

  • Tomato — To*ma to, n.; pl. {Tomatoes}. [Sp. or Pg. tomate, of American Indian origin; cf. Mexican tomail.] (Bot.) The fruit of a plant of the Nightshade family ({Lycopersicum esculentun}); also, the plant itself. The fruit, which is called also {love… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tomato gall — Tomato To*ma to, n.; pl. {Tomatoes}. [Sp. or Pg. tomate, of American Indian origin; cf. Mexican tomail.] (Bot.) The fruit of a plant of the Nightshade family ({Lycopersicum esculentun}); also, the plant itself. The fruit, which is called also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tomato hawk moth — Tomato To*ma to, n.; pl. {Tomatoes}. [Sp. or Pg. tomate, of American Indian origin; cf. Mexican tomail.] (Bot.) The fruit of a plant of the Nightshade family ({Lycopersicum esculentun}); also, the plant itself. The fruit, which is called also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tomato hornworm — Tomato To*ma to, n.; pl. {Tomatoes}. [Sp. or Pg. tomate, of American Indian origin; cf. Mexican tomail.] (Bot.) The fruit of a plant of the Nightshade family ({Lycopersicum esculentun}); also, the plant itself. The fruit, which is called also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tomato sphinx — Tomato To*ma to, n.; pl. {Tomatoes}. [Sp. or Pg. tomate, of American Indian origin; cf. Mexican tomail.] (Bot.) The fruit of a plant of the Nightshade family ({Lycopersicum esculentun}); also, the plant itself. The fruit, which is called also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tomato fruit worm — tomato fruit worm, the bollworm or corn earworm; a moth larva which feeds on tomatoes and parts of other plants …   Useful english dictionary

  • tomato hornworm — noun large green white striped hawkmoth larva that feeds on tomato and potato plants; similar to tobacco hornworm • Syn: ↑potato worm, ↑Manduca quinquemaculata • Hypernyms: ↑caterpillar * * * noun : a caterpillar that is the larva of a hawkmoth… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tomato hornworm — the larva of a hawk moth, Manduca quinquemaculata, having a black, hornlike structure at the rear, that feeds on the leaves of tomato, potato, and other plants of the nightshade family. Also called potato worm. [1920 25] * * * …   Universalium

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