caterpillar

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cat·er·pil·lar

noun, often attributive \ˈka-tə(r)-ˌpi-lər\

: a small creature that is like a worm with many legs and that changes to become a butterfly or moth

Full Definition of CATERPILLAR

:  the elongated wormlike larva of a butterfly or moth; also :  any of various similar larvae

Origin of CATERPILLAR

Middle English catyrpel, from Anglo-French *catepelose, literally, hairy cat
First Known Use: 15th century

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caterpillar

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Larva of a butterfly or moth. Caterpillars have a cylindrical body consisting of 13 segments, with three pairs of legs on the thorax and “prolegs” on the abdomen. The head has six eyes on each side, short antennae, and strong jaws. Though not true worms, many caterpillars are called worms (e.g., the inchworm, or looper, and the cutworm). Caterpillar-like larvae are also found in other insect groups (e.g., sawflies and scorpionflies).

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