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Cutworm, any of more than 20,000 species of caterpillars of the owlet moth or miller family, with the capacity to destroy field crops and fruit trees. Crops such as corn, wheat, beans, tomatoes, cotton, and tobacco are killed or damaged when the cutworm severs the roots and stems near the ground.

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