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cat·er·pil·lar

(kat'er-pil'er),
The wormlike larval stage of a butterfly or a moth.
[M.E. catirpeller, fr. O.Fr. cate, cat, + pelose, hairy]

caterpillar

(kăt′ər-pĭl′ər, kăt′ə-)
n.
1. The wormlike larva of a butterfly or moth.
2. Any of various insect larvae similar to those of the butterfly or moth.

cat·er·pil·lar

(kat'ĕr-pil-ĕr)
The wormlike larval stage of a butterfly or a moth.
[M.E. catirpeller, fr. O.Fr. cate, cat, + pelose, hairy]

caterpillar

the larva of any butterfly or moth (Lepidoptera).

caterpillar

the larval stage of insects of the Lepidoptera family.

army caterpillar
caterpillar cell
Eastern tent caterpillar
(Malcosoma americanum) is the suspected cause of mare reproductive loss syndrome. Eggs overwinter on branches in large egg masses and hatch to form larvae that live as social insects in 'tents' from which they emerge to feed on leaves until approximately 2 inches in 4 to 6 weeks, after which they pupate to form a moth. Larvae (caterpillars) are hairy and black with a white stripe on the back and yellow stripes on the sides. Moths are red/brown with two diagonal stripes on each wing.
hairy caterpillar
see hairy caterpillars.
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The caterpillar tracks impatiently dug up the earth like the shoes of a restless horse, and finally, mingling tears and abuse, she tossed him a sack with food in it, made the sign of the cross, and watched the vehicle graze the gooseberry bushes in its crawl toward the asphalt.
But at times there was a little pride, like when he drove his old goat-that's what he called it-on its caterpillar tracks to the bar.
The caterpillar tracks of at least two of the upturned vehicles, painted in desert colours, could be seen among the wreckage.
The caterpillar tracks of at least two of the upturned Scimitars, painted in desert colours, could be seen among the crash wreckage.
But he has been about as nimble on the turn as a tank without caterpillar tracks for several years now, so there were bound to be a few anxious moments.
The rampage began at 2am on March 31 last year and, in pitch darkness, the four officers risked being crushed by the bulldozer's caterpillar tracks as they jumped onto the cab.
A COUNCIL worker was killed yesterday after he fell under the caterpillar tracks of an earthmover.
Hpi racing shuns the craze for fitting plastic laser cannons and caterpillar tracks to RC cars and sticks to the important stuff, such as real engines that run on fuel rather than batteries.
A SCOTS tank driver will swap caterpillar tracks for road bike wheels in a bid to win Commonwealth gold in Manchester.