noun Date: 1862 any of a family (Psychidae) of moths with wingless females and plant-feeding larvae that live in a silk case covered with plant debris; especially one (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis) often destructive to deciduous and evergreen trees of the eastern United States

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  • Bagworm — Bag worm , n. (Zo[ o]l.) One of several lepidopterous insects which construct, in the larval state, a baglike case which they carry about for protection. One species ({Plat[oe]ceticus Gloveri}) feeds on the orange tree. See {Basket worm}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bagworm — ☆ bagworm [bag′wʉrm΄ ] n. any of a family (Psychidae) of moths with larvae that build cocoons shaped like bags and feed on the leaves of various trees: the wingless, legless adult females continue to live within the casing …   English World dictionary

  • bagworm — /bag werrm /, n. any moth of the family Psychidae in its caterpillar phase, in which it wraps itself in a bag of silk, leaves, etc. [1860 65, Amer.; BAG + WORM] * * * …   Universalium

  • bagworm — noun a) A member of the family Psychidae of the Lepidoptera. b) eastern tent caterpillar …   Wiktionary

  • bagworm — n. moth that wraps itself in a bag of silk or leaves …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bagworm — noun an American moth, the caterpillar and flightless female of which live in a portable protective case constructed out of plant debris. [Family Psychidae.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • bagworm — bag•worm [[t]ˈbægˌwɜrm[/t]] n. ent any moth of the family Psychidae in its caterpillar phase, in which it wraps itself in a bag of silk, leaves, etc • Etymology: 1860–65, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • bagworm — /ˈbægwɜm/ (say bagwerm) noun the caterpillar of any moth of the Psychidae which constructs a bag of silk, leaves, etc., in which it lives …   Australian English dictionary

  • bagworm — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun : a moth larva of the family Psychidae constructing and living in a silk case which is usually covered with bits of plant debris; especially : an often destructive pest (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis) of trees and shrubs in the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bagworm moth — Bagworm redirects here. The term bagworm is often erroneously used to refer to the Eastern tent caterpillar or Fall webworm. Taxobox name = Psychidae image width = 250px image caption = Case Moth on eucalyptus regnum = Animalia phylum =… …   Wikipedia

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