wireworm
noun Date: circa 1790 any of the slender hard-coated larvae of various click beetles that include some destructive especially to plant roots

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  • Wireworm — Wire worm , n. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) One of the larv[ae] of various species of snapping beetles, or elaters; so called from their slenderness and the uncommon hardness of the integument. Wireworms are sometimes very destructive to the roots of plants.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wireworm — ► NOUN ▪ the worm like larva of a kind of beetle, which feeds on roots and can cause damage to crops …   English terms dictionary

  • wireworm — [wir′wʉrm΄] n. 1. any of the slender, hard bodied, wormlike larvae of click beetles, that often live underground and attack the roots of crops 2. a millipede (genus Julus) 3. a roundworm (Haemonchus contortus) parasitic in the stomach and small… …   English World dictionary

  • wireworm — /wuyeur werrm /, n. 1. any of the slender, hard bodied larvae of click beetles, many of which live underground and feed on the roots of plants. 2. any of various small myriapods. 3. See stomach worm. [1780 90; WIRE + WORM] * * *       any of… …   Universalium

  • wireworm — noun The larvae of the click beetle …   Wiktionary

  • wireworm — wire·worm (wīrґwerm) Haemonchus contortus …   Medical dictionary

  • wireworm — noun the worm like larva of a click beetle, which feeds on roots and can cause damage to crops …   English new terms dictionary

  • wireworm — wire•worm [[t]ˈwaɪərˌwɜrm[/t]] n. 1) ent any of the slender, hard bodied larvae of click beetles, many of which live underground and feed on the roots of plants 2) ivt any of various small millipedes • Etymology: 1780–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • wireworm — /ˈwaɪəwɜm/ (say wuyuhwerm) noun 1. any of the slender, hard bodied larvae of click beetles, which in many species live underground and feed on the roots of plants. 2. any of various small myriapods. 3. → stomach worm …   Australian English dictionary

  • wireworm — n. the larva of the click beetle causing damage to crop plants …   Useful english dictionary

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