from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The larva of the sphingid moth Protoparce celeus, the common five-spotted sphinx, which feeds on the foliage of the tomato-plant in the United States.
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When the Republicans lose the White House in Nov, the worm changes from tomato-worm green to Wall Street gloom.
A sharp watch should be kept for the large green tomato-worm, which is almost exactly the color of the foliage.