from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The larva of various moths of the family Noctuidae that feed on and destroy a wide variety of plants.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the larva of any of many moths ,of the family Noctuidae, that is an agricultural pest
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A caterpillar which at night eats off young plants of cabbage, corn, etc., usually at the ground. Some kinds ascend fruit trees and eat off the flower buds. During the day, they conceal themselves in the earth. The common cutworms are the larvæ of various species of Agrotis and related genera of noctuid moths.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given to a large number of lepidopterous larvæ belonging to the family Noctuidæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. North American moth whose larvae feed on young plant stems cutting them off at the ground
So called because many species eat through stems of plants.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)