Cankerworm



the striped, green caterpillar of any of several geometrid moths: a foliage pest of various fruit and shade trees, as Paleacrita vernata (spring cankerworm) and Alsophila pometaria (fall cankerworm)
Historical Examples

Modern Painters, Volume V (of 5) John Ruskin
A Treatise on Domestic Economy Catherine Esther Beecher
Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky
A Bottle in the Smoke Milne Rae
The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
Lucky Pehr August Strindberg
The Bird Study Book Thomas Gilbert Pearson
Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
The History of Don Quixote, Vol. II., Part 20 Miguel de Cervantes

noun
the larva of either of two geometrid moths, Paleacrita vernata or Alsophila pometaria, which feed on and destroy fruit and shade trees in North America

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