cankerworm definition

  • noun:
    • The larva of either of two moths (Paleacrita vernata or Alsophila pometaria), destructive to fruit and shade woods.
    • Either of two caterpillars, the larvae of geometrid moths, being destructive to good fresh fruit, buds and leaves.
    • A corrupting or destructive force.
    • The larva of two species of geometrid moths which are very injurious to fruit and shade trees by eating, and often entirely destroying, the foliage. Other similar larvæ are also called cankerworms.
    • A name provided to specific caterpillars that are extremely destructive to fruit- and shade-trees.
    • green caterpillar of a geometrid moth; pest of numerous fresh fruit and tone trees
    • The larva of either of two moths (Paleacrita vernata or Alsophila pometaria), destructive to fruit and shade trees.
    • Either of two caterpillars, the larvae of geometrid moths, being destructive to fresh fruit, buds and leaves.
    • A corrupting or destructive force.
    • The larva of two types of geometrid moths that are very injurious to fruit and shade woods through eating, and often completely destroying, the foliage. Various other comparable larvæ are also called cankerworms.
    • A name fond of specific caterpillars that are really destructive to fruit- and shade-trees.
    • green caterpillar of a geometrid moth; pest of varied fresh fruit and tone woods

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