rootworm


rootworm

rootworm [root-wurm, roo t-] Word Origin noun

  1. the larva of any of several insects, as the cucumber beetle, that feeds on the roots of plants.
  2. any of several nematodes, especially of the genus Heterodera, that puncture and feed in the roots of plants.

Origin of rootworm First recorded in 1795–1805; root1 + worm

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