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cankerworm


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cankerworm  \Can"ker*worm`\,  n.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  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  larv[ae]  are 
  also  called  cankerworms. 
 
  Note:  The  autumnal  species  ({Anisopteryx  pometaria})  becomes 
  adult  late  in  autumn  (after  frosts)  and  in  winter.  The 
  spring  species  ({A.  vernata})  remains  in  the  ground 
  through  the  winter,  and  matures  in  early  spring.  Both 
  have  winged  males  and  wingless  females.  The  larv[ae] 
  are  similar  in  appearance  and  habits,  and  belong  to  the 
  family  of  measuring  worms  or  spanworms.  These  larv[ae] 
  hatch  from  the  eggs  when  the  leaves  begin  to  expand  in 
  spring. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cankerworm 
  n  :  green  caterpillar  of  a  geometrid  moth;  pest  of  various  fruit 
  and  shade  trees 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Cankerworm 
  (Heb.  yelek),  "the  licking  locust,"  which  licks  up  the  grass  of 
  the  field;  probably  the  locust  at  a  certain  stage  of  its  growth, 
  just  as  it  emerges  from  the  caterpillar  state  (Joel  1:4;  2:25). 
  The  word  is  rendered  caterpillar"  in  Ps  105:34;  Jer.  51:14,  17 
  (but  R.V.  "canker-worm").  "It  spoileth  and  fleeth  away"  (Nah. 
  3:16),  or  as  some  read  the  passage,  "The  cankerworm  putteth  off 
  [i.e.,  the  envelope  of  its  wings],  and  fleeth  away." 
 




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