hornworm
noun Date: 1676 a hawk moth caterpillar having a hornlike tail process — compare tomato hornworm

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • hornworm — ☆ hornworm [hôrn′wʉrm΄ ] n. the caterpillar of various hawk moths, with a horny growth on the last segment …   English World dictionary

  • hornworm — /hawrn werrm /, n. the larva of any of several hawk moths, having a hornlike process at the rear of the abdomen. [1670 80, Amer.; HORN + WORM] * * * …   Universalium

  • hornworm — noun N. Amer. a hawkmoth caterpillar with a spike on its tail, some kinds of which are pests of tobacco and other crops …   English new terms dictionary

  • hornworm — horn•worm [[t]ˈhɔrnˌwɜrm[/t]] n. ent the larva of any of several hawk moths, having a hornlike process at the rear of the abdomen • Etymology: 1670–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • hornworm — /ˈhɔnwɜm/ (say hawnwerm) noun any of various caterpillars of hawkmoths, characterised by a horn like caudal projection …   Australian English dictionary

  • hornworm — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun : a larva of various hawkmoths (as a tobacco worm) having a hornlike tail process …   Useful english dictionary

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

  • tobacco hornworm — noun Date: circa 1909 an American hawk moth (Manduca sexta) whose large usually green larva is a hornworm that feeds on the leaves of plants of the nightshade family and especially tobacco and tomato …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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