caddisworm

noun
cad·​dis·​worm | \ ˈka-dəs-ˌwərm How to pronounce caddisworm (audio) \

Definition of caddisworm

: the larva of a caddis fly that lives in and carries around a silken case covered with bits of debris

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First Known Use of caddisworm

1622, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caddisworm

probably alteration of obsolete codworm; from the case or tube in which it lives

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“Caddisworm.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caddisworm?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=c&file=caddis03. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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