Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The yellowish hard-bodied larva of various click beetles that feeds on the roots and seedlings of many crop plants.
  • noun Any of various millipedes.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The slender hard-bodied larva of any one of the click-beetles or snapping-beetles of the family Elateridæ.
  • noun A myriapod of the genus Julus or of an allied genus; a galley-worm.
  • noun A parasitic worm of sheep, Strongylus contortulus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One of the larvæ of various species of snapping beetles, or elaters; -- so called from their slenderness and the uncommon hardness of the integument. Wireworms are sometimes very destructive to the roots of plants. Called also wire grub.
  • noun A galleyworm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The larva of the click beetle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun wormlike larva of various elaterid beetles; feeds on roots of many crop plants

Etymologies

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wire +‎ worm

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