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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]
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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.
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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]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

caterpillar

the larva of any butterfly or moth (Lepidoptera).
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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On the caterpillar treads of tanks bring me the Antilles.
O'Donnell claimed Paul had lied because the former Texas congressman claimed "tanks" had been used in Boston streets, and the military-style armored cars and humvees used on Boston streets had wheels instead of the caterpillar treads employed by tanks.
After that it was neither uphill nor downhill all the way on the bombardier, which runs on caterpillar treads. With one track out we just went round in circles as outside the wind whipped up the snow and the chill factor increased.