corn earworm

corn earworm
noun Date: 1802 a noctuid moth (Helicoverpa zea syn. Heliothis zea) whose large striped yellow-headed larva is especially destructive to Indian corn, tomatoes, tobacco, and cotton bolls

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  • corn earworm — corn′ ear worm [[t]ˈɪərˌwɜrm[/t]] n. ent the larva of a noctuid moth, Heliothis zea, that is a pest of corn ears, cotton bolls, and other crops …   From formal English to slang

  • corn earworm — /ear werrm / the larva of a cosmopolitan noctuid moth, Heliothis zea, that is highly destructive to crops, esp. corn, cotton, and tomato. Also called bollworm, cotton bollworm, tomato fruitworm. [1795 1805, Amer.] * * * or cotton bollworm or… …   Universalium

  • corn earworm — noun larva of a noctuid moth; highly destructive to especially corn and cotton and tomato crops • Syn: ↑cotton bollworm, ↑tomato fruitworm, ↑tobacco budworm, ↑vetchworm, ↑Heliothis zia • Hypernyms: ↑bollworm …   Useful english dictionary

  • corn earworm — /kɔn ˈɪəwɜm/ (say kawn earwerm) noun US the larva of a noctuid moth, Heliothis armigera, destructive to maize, cotton and other plants; bollworm …   Australian English dictionary

  • corn — corn1 /kawrn/, n. 1. Also called Indian corn; esp. technical and Brit., maize. a tall cereal plant, Zea mays, cultivated in many varieties, having a jointed, solid stem and bearing the grain, seeds, or kernels on large ears. 2. the grain, seeds,… …   Universalium

  • earworm — ear·worm (îrʹwûrm ) n. See corn earworm. * * * …   Universalium

  • earworm — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun : any of certain larval insects (as the corn earworm) that feed in the developing maize ear …   Useful english dictionary

  • earworm — n. tune or melody or song that gets stuck in a person s mind and the person repeats it over and over in his/her head; moth larva that eats corn …   English contemporary dictionary

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