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

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Recent Examples on the Web The western tent caterpillar is pretty common in western Oregon and is probably the culprit. oregonlive, 25 July 2021

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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 30 Sep. 2022.

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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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