armyworm

noun
1. noctuid moth larvae that travel in multitudes destroying especially grass and grain
Hypernyms: ↑caterpillar
Member Holonyms: ↑Pseudaletia, ↑genus Pseudaletia
2. moth whose destructive larvae travel in multitudes
Hypernyms: ↑noctuid moth, ↑noctuid, ↑owlet moth
Member Holonyms: ↑Pseudaletia, ↑genus Pseudaletia
3. larva of fungus gnat that feed on cereals and other grains; they march in large companies in regular order when the food is exhausted
Hypernyms: ↑fungus gnat, ↑sciara, ↑sciarid

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\\ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷\ noun
1. : any of a number of larval noctuid moths that often travel in great multitudes from field to field destroying grass, grain, and other crops; especially : the common armyworm (Pseudaletia unipuncta) of the northern U.S. — see beet armyworm, fall armyworm
2. : one of the larvae of certain small two-winged flies (genus Sciara) that march in large companies in regular order

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/ahr"mee werrm'/, n.
1. the caterpillar of a noctuid moth, Pseudaletia unipuncta, that often travels in large numbers over a region, destroying crops of wheat, corn, etc.
2. any of the larvae of several related moths having similar habits.
[1735-45, Amer.; ARMY + WORM]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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