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Any of various noctuid moth caterpillars that damage crops, often by cutting through plant stems at the soil surface.


(Animals) the caterpillar of various noctuid moths, esp those of the genus Argrotis, which is a pest of young crop plants in North America



the caterpillar of any of several noctuid moths that feeds at night on the stems of young plants, cutting them off at the ground.
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Noun1.cutworm - North American moth whose larvae feed on young plant stems cutting them off at the groundcutworm - North American moth whose larvae feed on young plant stems cutting them off at the ground
family Noctuidae, Noctuidae - cutworms; armyworms
army cutworm, Chorizagrotis auxiliaris - larvae (of a noctuid moth) that travel in large groups and destroy grains and alfalfa in the midwestern states
caterpillar - a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth
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