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can·ker·worm

 (kăng′kər-wûrm′)
n.
The larva of either of two geometrid moths (Paleacrita vernata or Alsophila pometaria), destructive to fruit and shade trees.

cankerworm

(ˈkæŋkəˌwɜːm)
n
(Animals) the larva of either of two geometrid moths, Paleacrita vernata or Alsophila pometaria, which feed on and destroy fruit and shade trees in North America

can•ker•worm

(ˈkæŋ kərˌwɜrm)

n.
the striped green caterpillar of any of several geometrid moths: a foliage pest of trees.
[1520–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cankerworm - green caterpillar of a geometrid mothcankerworm - green caterpillar of a geometrid moth; pest of various fruit and shade trees
family Geometridae, Geometridae - measuring worms
spring cankerworm - variably colored looper; larva of Paleacrita vernata
fall cankerworm - green or brown white-striped looper; larva of Alsophila pometaria
caterpillar - a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth
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O envy, root of all countless evils, and cankerworm of the virtues
Sickness, like a cankerworm, was gnawing at her life, and dragging her towards the tomb.
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However, the amount of feeding done by the cabbage looper and cabbageworm, cankerworms, corn earworms and the European Corn borer, cutworms and the granddaddy of caterpillars, the tomato hornworm, which can grow up to 5 inches long, is extensive.
This species peaked in abundance early so that when we conducted the May census we recorded relatively few cankerworms.
On Martha's Vineyard, where we spent our summers, many of the trees were barren, having been defoliated by cankerworms.
The genius of the lamented person to whose memory I have dedicated these unworthy verses was not less delicate and fragile than it was beautiful; and where cankerworms abound what wonder if its young flower was blighted in the bud?
Many garden pests are carabid food: cutworms, codling moth larvae, tent caterpillars, slugs, snails and cankerworms to name a few.
It is even used on ornamental trees to kill cankerworms etc.
fremontii) located under box elder (Acer negundo) were colonized by two to three times more cankerworms, and suffered two to three times greater defoliation than cottonwoods growing under mature cottonwoods, or cottonwoods growing in the open.
Revelation mentions locusts and scorpions being emitted from the "bottomless pit," and Nahum says that the sinners of Nineveh will be devoured by fire as if they were cankerworms.