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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.
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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
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can•ker•worm

(ˈkæŋ kərˌwɜrm)

n.
the striped green caterpillar of any of several geometrid moths: a foliage pest of trees.
[1520–30]
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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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The people made great rejoicings, but took care to keep Liberty Tree well pruned and free from caterpillars and canker-worms. They foresaw that there might yet be occasion for them to assemble under its far-projecting shadow.
The issue has become a canker-worm that is refusing to go since the witnessed of the 2007 general elections in Nigeria.
The issue has become a canker-worm that has refused to die since the 2007 general elections in Nigeria.