inchworm

noun
inch·​worm | \ˈinch-ˌwərm \

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The larva of any member of a large, widespread group of moths is called an inchworm. Also called loopers, inchworms move in a characteristic “inching” or “looping” gait by extending the front part of the body and bringing the rear up to meet it. Resembling twigs or leaf stems, they feed on foliage and can seriously damage or even destroy trees.

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Apparently at some point, perhaps millions of years ago, there was a bitter dispute between dogs and inchworms, and Daisy has not forgotten. Dave Barry, miamiherald, "Classic '98: PSSST! Great investment advice! | Miami Herald," 30 Apr. 2018 The elephant mascot shared its interpretive imitation of an inchworm - maybe a caterpillar? - during Alabama's first-round win over No. Michelle R. Martinelli, USA TODAY, "See Alabama mascot's 'inchworm' imitation," 17 Mar. 2018 This second new hand will go on the opposite end of the 58-foot arm, able to move like an inchworm by grabbing hold of special fixtures. Marcia Dunn, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Spacewalking astronauts give new hand to robot arm," 24 Jan. 2018 Tiger Woods is back, Rory McIlroy is hot, Phil Mickelson is back and hot, Jordan Spieth is lurking, Dustin Johnson is hitting tee shots 600 yards, Rickie Fowler is going to dress like an inchworm and Justin Thomas will try to destroy them all. Michael Rosenberg, SI.com, "Tiger Woods' Return Is the Big Story at Augusta, But It's Far From the Only One," 4 Apr. 2018 This second new hand will go on the opposite end of the 58-foot arm, able to move like an inchworm by grabbing hold of special fixtures. Marcia Dunn, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Spacewalking astronauts give new hand to robot arm," 24 Jan. 2018 This second new hand will go on the opposite end of the 58-foot arm, able to move like an inchworm by grabbing hold of special fixtures. Marcia Dunn, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Spacewalking astronauts give new hand to robot arm," 24 Jan. 2018 The elephant mascot shared its interpretive imitation of an inchworm — maybe a caterpillar? — during Alabama’s first-round win over No. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Alabama mascot bewitches crowd with 'inchworm' imitation," 17 Mar. 2018 This second new hand will go on the opposite end of the 58-foot arm, able to move like an inchworm by grabbing hold of special fixtures. Marcia Dunn, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Spacewalking astronauts give new hand to robot arm," 24 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of inchworm

circa 1861, in the meaning defined above

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inchworm

noun
inch·​worm | \ˈinch-ˌwərm \

Kids Definition of inchworm

: a small caterpillar that is a larva of a moth and moves by bringing forward the hind part of the body and then extending forward the front part of the body

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