bollworm

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bollworm any of various moth caterpillars that destroy cotton bolls
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bollworm (Zoöl) The larva of a moth (Heliothis armigera) which devours the bolls or unripe pods of the cotton plant, often doing great damage to the crops.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bollworm The larva or caterpillar of a lepidopterous insect of the family Noctuidæ, Heliothis armigera, very destructive in some seasons to the cotton-crop on account of its attacks on the bolls. It also molests other plants, and is known, under varying circumstances, as the bod-worm, corn-worm, ear-worm, tassel-worm, and tomato-fruit worm. See cut under Heliothis.
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