tent caterpillar

noun

Definition of tent caterpillar

: any of several social caterpillars (genus Malacosoma and especially M. americanum of the family Lasiocampidae) that form large silken webs on trees and may cause serious defoliation

First Known Use of tent caterpillar

1854, in the meaning defined above

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“Tent caterpillar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tent%20caterpillar. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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tent caterpillar

noun

Kids Definition of tent caterpillar

: a caterpillar that lives in groups which spin a large silken web resembling a tent

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