cabbage worm definition

  • noun:
    • the larva of a few types of moths and butterflies, which strikes cabbages. The most common could be the poisonous green larva of a white butterfly, the cabbage butterfly, (Pieris rapæ). The cabbage cutworms, which eat from the stalks of youthful plants during the night time, will be the larvæ of a number of types of moths, for the genus Agrotis. See cutworm. larva of a cabbage butterfly.
    • The larva of this cabbage-butterfly or of this cabbage-moth.
    • poisonous green larva of a cabbage butterfly

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