pink bollworm

pink bollworm
noun Date: 1906 a small dark brown moth (Pectinophora gossypiella) whose pinkish larva bores into the flowers and bolls of cotton and is a destructive pest in most cotton-growing regions

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  • Pink bollworm — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum …   Wikipedia

  • pink bollworm — noun larvae of a gelechiid moth introduced from Asia; feeds on the seeds of cotton bolls • Syn: ↑Gelechia gossypiella • Hypernyms: ↑bollworm • Member Holonyms: ↑Gelechiidae, ↑family Gelechiidae * * * noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • pink bollworm — pink′ boll′worm n. ent bollworm 1) • Etymology: 1905–10 …   From formal English to slang

  • pink bollworm — the larva of a gelechiid moth, Pectinophora gossypiella, that feeds on the seeds of the bolls of cotton and was introduced into cotton growing regions of the world from Asia. Also called bollworm. [1905 10] * * * …   Universalium

  • pink bollworm — /pɪŋk ˈboʊlwɜm/ (say pingk bohlwerm) noun the larva of a Queensland moth, Pectinophora scutigera, which usually feeds on a native hibiscus but also attacks cotton …   Australian English dictionary

  • bollworm — ☆ bollworm [bōl′wʉrm΄ ] n. 1. a kind of moth larva (Platyedra gossypiella) that feeds on developing cotton bolls, ears of corn, tomatoes, etc.: also called pink bollworm 2. CORN EARWORM …   English World dictionary

  • Bollworm — A bollworm is a common term for any larva of a moth that attacks the fruiting bodies of certain crops, especially cotton. The most common moths known as bollworms are:* Red or Sudan Bollworm: Diaparopsis * Rough Bollworm: Earias buegeli * Spotted …   Wikipedia

  • bollworm — /bohl werrm /, n. 1. See pink bollworm. 2. See corn earworm. [1840 50, Amer.; BOLL + WORM] * * * Any larva of various moth species, including the pink bollworm (family Gelechiidae) and some Heliothis species (family Noctuidae; see corn earworm).… …   Universalium

  • bollworm — noun any of various moth caterpillars that destroy cotton bolls • Hypernyms: ↑caterpillar • Hyponyms: ↑pink bollworm, ↑Gelechia gossypiella, ↑corn earworm, ↑cotton bollworm, ↑tomato fruitworm, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • bollworm — boll•worm [[t]ˈboʊlˌwɜrm[/t]] n. 1) Also called pink bollworm the larva of a small moth, Pectinophora gossypiella, that feeds on the seeds of cotton bolls. 2) ent corn earworm • Etymology: 1840–50, amer …   From formal English to slang

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