• WordNet 3.6
    • n wireworm wormlike larva of various elaterid beetles; feeds on roots of many crop plants
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Wireworm (Zoöl) One of the larvæ 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. Called also wire grub.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wireworm The slender hard-bodied larva of any one of the click-beetles or snapping-beetles of the family Elateridæ. Some of these larvæ live under the loose bark of dying trees and in old logs and stumps, while many live underground, and feed on the roots of cereals and on other crops. They remain in the larval state two or more years, and are among the worst enemies of the crops in North America and Europe. Also wiregrub.
    • n wireworm A myriapod of the genus Julus or of an allied genus; a galley-worm.
    • n wireworm A parasitic worm of sheep, Strongylus contortulus.
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In literature:

They have been taught guns and traps and taken a special course in wireworms and green-corn.
"Wild Animals I Have Known" by Ernest Thompson Seton
For practical purposes the Wireworm may be regarded as inhabiting every kind of soil and consuming every kind of crop.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
The wireworm and slugs are both very fond of Pinks and Carnations.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
Kainit is said to keep off wireworm, and is recommended in the United States as a preventive against this pest.
"The Book of Pears and Plums" by Edward Bartrum
The larvae of the Elateridae, known as wireworms, are long and slender, with short legs.
"On the Origin and Metamorphoses of Insects" by Sir John Lubbock

In news:

Poncho 500 offers corn growers improved control of wireworm, black cutworm and other insects.
Poncho 500 offers corn growers improved control of wireworm, black cutworm, and other insects.