cabbageworm
cabbage worm cab"bage worm`, cabbageworm cab"bage*worm` . (Zo["o]l.), the larva of several species of moths and butterflies, which attacks cabbages. The most common is the toxic green larva of a white butterfly, the {cabbage butterfly}, ({Pieris rap[ae]}). The cabbage cutworms, which eat off the stalks of young plants during the night, are the larv[ae] of several species of moths, of the genus {Agrotis}. See {Cutworm}. larva of a cabbage butterfly. [WordNet 1.5]

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  • cabbageworm — [kab′ijwʉrm΄] n. the larval stage of any insect that feeds on cabbage, as the caterpillar of the cabbage butterfly …   English World dictionary

  • cabbageworm — /kab ij werrm /, n. a caterpillar, esp. of the genus Pieris, that feeds on cabbages. [1680 90; CABBAGE1 + WORM] * * * …   Universalium

  • cabbageworm — cab•bage•worm [[t]ˈkæb ɪdʒˌwɜrm[/t]] n. ent a caterpillar, esp. of the genus Pieris, that feeds on cabbages • Etymology: 1680–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • cabbageworm — noun toxic green larva of a cabbage butterfly • Syn: ↑Pieris rapae • Hypernyms: ↑caterpillar • Member Holonyms: ↑Pieris, ↑genus Pieris …   Useful english dictionary

  • imported cabbageworm — noun : the larva of the common white cabbage butterfly that is a serious pest of cabbage and related plants …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cabbage worm — The term cabbage worm is primarily used for any of four kinds of lepidopteran whose larvae feed on cabbages and other cole crops. Host plants include broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, collards, kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, radishes …   Wikipedia

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  • cabbage worm — cab bage worm , cabbageworm cab bage*worm . (Zo[ o]l.), the larva of several species of moths and butterflies, which attacks cabbages. The most common is the toxic green larva of a white butterfly, the {cabbage butterfly}, ({Pieris rap[ae]}). The …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pieris rapae — cabbage worm cab bage worm , cabbageworm cab bage*worm . (Zo[ o]l.), the larva of several species of moths and butterflies, which attacks cabbages. The most common is the toxic green larva of a white butterfly, the {cabbage butterfly}, ({Pieris… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • genus Pieris — noun 1. decorative evergreen shrubs of woody vines • Syn: ↑Pieris • Hypernyms: ↑dilleniid dicot genus • Member Holonyms: ↑Ericaceae, ↑family Ericaceae, ↑heath family …   Useful english dictionary

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