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A larva that feeds on and is destructive to cabbage and other cruciferous plants, especially the green larva of the cabbage white butterfly.
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(Animals) US any caterpillar that feeds on cabbages, esp that of the cabbage white
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(ˈkæb ɪdʒˌwɜrm)

a caterpillar, esp. of the genus Pieris, that feeds on cabbages.
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Noun1.cabbageworm - toxic green larva of a cabbage butterflycabbageworm - toxic green larva of a cabbage butterfly
genus Pieris, Pieris - type genus of the Pieridae
caterpillar - a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth
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They also tested promising strains against the beet armyworm, black cutworm, cabbage looper, and imported cabbageworm.
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* Control chewing worms such as cabbageworm, corn earworm, and geranium budworm by spraying affected plants with Bacillus thuringiensis.