Definition of Railroad worm

1. Noun. Larvae bore into and feed on apples.

Exact synonyms: Apple Maggot, Rhagoletis Pomonella
Generic synonyms: Fruit Fly, Pomace Fly
Group relationships: Genus Rhagoletis, Rhagoletis

Definition of Railroad worm

1. Noun. A larva or larviform female adult of a beetle of the genus ''Phrixothrix'', characterized by two different colours of bioluminescence. ¹

2. Noun. The apple maggot. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Railroad Worm

railroad spike
railroad station
railroad stations
railroad switch
railroad switches
railroad terminal
railroad ticket
railroad tie
railroad track
railroad tracks
railroad train
railroad tramp
railroad truck
railroad tunnel
railroad vine
railroad worm (current term)
railway car
railway carriage
railway carriages
railway gun

Literary usage of Railroad worm

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Successful Farming; a Ready Reference on All Phases of Agriculture for by Frank Duane Gardner (1916)
"Spray or dust the plants with arsenicals. Bur. Ent. Bull. 109, Pt. 6. FRUIT INSECTS Apple Maggot, or railroad worm ..."

2. Bulletin by Maine Agricultural Experiment Station (1907)
"The present season one man reported that nearly all his apples were " ruined by the ' railroad worm ' or ' wire worm' as it is sometimes called. ..."

3. Sessional Papers by Ontario Legislative Assembly (1912)
"THE railroad worm OR APPLE MAGGOT. WA Ross, JORDAN HARBOUR. The railroad worm or Apple Maggot is not as many suppose a new pest in Ontario. ..."

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