from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several moth caterpillars that feed on cotton bolls, especially the pink bollworm and the corn earworm.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The larva or caterpillar of a lepidopterous insect of the family Noctuidæ, Heliothis armigera, very destructive in some seasons to the cotton-crop on account of its attacks on the bolls.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) The larva of a moth (Heliothis armigera) which devours the bolls or unripe pods of the cotton plant, often doing great damage to the crops.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The larvae of any of various species of moth that are pests to some agricultural crops

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of various moth caterpillars that destroy cotton bolls


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