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 for Stalk borer
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stalk \Stalk\ (st[add]k), n. [OE. stalke, fr. AS. stael, stel, a
     stalk. See Stale a handle, Stall.]
     1. (Bot.)
        (a) The stem or main axis of a plant; as, a stalk of
            wheat, rye, or oats; the stalks of maize or hemp.
        (b) The petiole, pedicel, or peduncle, of a plant.
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     2. That which resembles the stalk of a plant, as the stem of
        a quill. --Grew.
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     3. (Arch.) An ornament in the Corinthian capital resembling
        the stalk of a plant, from which the volutes and helices
        spring.
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     4. One of the two upright pieces of a ladder. [Obs.]
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              To climb by the rungs and the stalks. --Chaucer.
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     5. (Zool.)
        (a) A stem or peduncle, as of certain barnacles and
            crinoids.
        (b) The narrow basal portion of the abdomen of a
            hymenopterous insect.
        (c) The peduncle of the eyes of decapod crustaceans.
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     6. (Founding) An iron bar with projections inserted in a core
        to strengthen it; a core arbor.
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     Stalk borer (Zool.), the larva of a noctuid moth ({Gortyna
        nitela), which bores in the stalks of the raspberry,
        strawberry, tomato, asters, and many other garden plants,
        often doing much injury.
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