Definition of codling moth in English:

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codling moth

(also codlin moth)


A small, grayish moth whose larva feeds on apples.
  • Cydia pomonella, family Tortricidae.
Example sentences
  • Such homegrown traps usually target adult fruit moths such as the codling moth.
  • The light-pink worm, or larva, of the codling moth and the white worm of the oriental fruit moth hungrily feed on fruit.
  • To fight the codling moth, the pesticide is sprayed on some 73 percent of apple orchards in the country.


Late Middle English: codling from Anglo-Norman French quer de lion 'lionheart'.

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Syllabification: cod·ling moth

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