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The larva of a noctuid moth (Heliothis virescens) of the Americas that feeds on and damages the buds of certain crop plants and ornamental plants, especially tobacco, cotton, geraniums, and petunias.
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the larva of a noctuid moth, Heliothis virescens, that damages the buds and young leaves of tobacco.
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|Noun||1.||tobacco budworm - larva of a noctuid moth; highly destructive to especially corn and cotton and tomato crops|
bollworm - any of various moth caterpillars that destroy cotton bolls
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