potato moth

potato moth
noun
greyish-brown moth whose larva is the potato tuberworm
Hypernyms: ↑gelechiid, ↑gelechiid moth

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noun or potato tuber moth
: a grayish brown gelechild moth (Phthorimaea operculella) whose larva is the potato tuberworm

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a gelechiid moth, Phthorimaea operculella, the larvae of which feed on the leaves and bore into the tubers of potatoes and other solanaceous plants.
[1890-95]

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  • potato moth — pota′to moth n. ent a widely distributed moth, Phthorimaea operculella, whose larvae are a pest of the potato, tomato, eggplant, and pepper • Etymology: 1890–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • potato moth — a gelechiid moth, Phthorimaea operculella, the larvae of which feed on the leaves and bore into the tubers of potatoes and other solanaceous plants. [1890 95] * * * …   Universalium

  • potato tuber moth — noun greyish brown moth whose larva is the potato tuberworm • Syn: ↑potato moth, ↑splitworm, ↑Phthorimaea operculella • Hypernyms: ↑gelechiid, ↑gelechiid moth * * * noun see p …   Useful english dictionary

  • potato tuberworm — noun larva of potato moth; mines in leaves and stems of e.g. potatoes and tobacco • Syn: ↑Phthorimaea operculella • Hypernyms: ↑caterpillar • Member Holonyms: ↑Phthorimaea, ↑genus Phthorimaea * * * nou …   Useful english dictionary

  • potato tuberworm — /tooh beuhr werrm , tyooh / the larva of the potato moth. [1935 40, Amer.; TUBER + WORM] * * * …   Universalium

  • potato tuberworm — pota′to tu′ber•worm [[t]ˈtu bərˌwɜrm, ˈtyu [/t]] n. ent the larva of the potato moth • Etymology: 1935–40, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • potato grub — noun : a larva of a potato moth …   Useful english dictionary

  • Potato — Po*ta to, n.; pl. {Potatoes}. [Sp. patata potato, batata sweet potato, from the native American name (probably batata) in Hayti.] (Bot.) (a) A plant ({Solanum tuberosum}) of the Nightshade family, and its esculent farinaceous tuber, of which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Potato beetle — Potato Po*ta to, n.; pl. {Potatoes}. [Sp. patata potato, batata sweet potato, from the native American name (probably batata) in Hayti.] (Bot.) (a) A plant ({Solanum tuberosum}) of the Nightshade family, and its esculent farinaceous tuber, of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Potato bug — Potato Po*ta to, n.; pl. {Potatoes}. [Sp. patata potato, batata sweet potato, from the native American name (probably batata) in Hayti.] (Bot.) (a) A plant ({Solanum tuberosum}) of the Nightshade family, and its esculent farinaceous tuber, of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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