Definition of cabbageworm in English:

cabbageworm

Pronunciation /ˈkabəjˌwərm/ /ˈkæbədʒˌwərm/

noun

North American
  • Any caterpillar that is a pest of cabbages, especially that of the cabbage white butterfly.

    ‘They are economical to raise, however, and mass releases can be very effective against corn earworm, cabbageworms, loopers, hornworms, codling moth and other leaf-eating caterpillars.’
    • ‘To guard against aphids, cabbageworms, flea beetles, and other pests, lay floating row covers directly over seeded crops or plants.’
    • ‘They also tested promising strains against the beet armyworm, black cutworm, cabbage looper, and imported cabbageworm.’
    • ‘It can be used to control cabbageworm, leafhoppers, squash bugs, whitefly, but will also affect beneficial insects so be careful where and when you apply this product.’
    • ‘To control cabbageworms on broccoli and other cole crops, I apply Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis, a nonpoisonous biological control) as soon as I plant, and reapply a few days after every storm system passes through.’
    • ‘Turkeys are also good in the garden for bugs, cabbageworms, etc.’
    • ‘And it borders on the unenthralling to have the conversation at social gatherings turn to slugs and cabbageworms the minute I show up.’
    • ‘As for cabbageworms, the easiest organic answer is to spray Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt).’
    • ‘If there is a chance cabbageworms have invaded the heads, soak them in strong salt water for 15 minutes.’
    • ‘Planted among members of the cabbage family, it helps repel imported cabbageworm.’