palmerworm


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palm·er·worm

 (pä′mər-wûrm′)
n.
Any of several caterpillars that feed on the leaves of fruit trees, such as the small green caterpillar of the North American moth Dichomeris ligulella.

[From palmer (the caterpillars perhaps being so called because they were thought to move about constantly like palmers on pilgrimage).]
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palm•er•worm

(ˈpɑ mərˌwɜrm)

n.
the larva of a moth, Dichomeris ligulella, of the eastern U.S., that feeds on the leaves of fruit trees.
[1550–60]
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"That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpillar eaten.

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