noun Date: 1849 a moth larva that feeds on the buds of plants — compare spruce budworm, tobacco budworm

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  • budworm — [bud′wʉrm΄] n. a caterpillar that feeds on plant buds …   English World dictionary

  • budworm — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun : a larval moth that feeds on the buds of plants see black headed budworm, spruce budworm …   Useful english dictionary

  • budworm — /bud werrm /, n. any of several lepidopterous larvae, esp. the spruce budworm, that attack the buds of plants. [1840 50, Amer.; BUD1 + WORM] * * * …   Universalium

  • budworm — bud•worm [[t]ˈbʌdˌwɜrm[/t]] n. 1) ent any of several moth larvae that attack the buds of plants 2) ent spruce budworm • Etymology: 1840–50, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • budworm — noun Any of various moth caterpillars …   Wiktionary

  • budworm — n. larva of moth that feeds on the buds of plants …   English contemporary dictionary

  • budworm — noun a moth caterpillar that is destructive to buds, especially of spruce and other conifers …   English new terms dictionary

  • Spruce Budworm — Choristoneura Mountain ash tortricid Choristoneura hebenstreitella Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • spruce budworm — noun Date: 1884 a tortricid moth (Choristoneura fumiferana) whose larva feeds on evergreen trees (as spruce and balsam fir) in the northern United States and Canada; also a related moth (C. occidentalis) of the northwestern United States and… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tobacco budworm — noun Date: 1918 an American noctuid moth (Heliothis virescens syn. Helicoverpa virescens) whose striped and variably colored larva feeds on buds and young leaves especially of tobacco and cotton …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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