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Meaning of CATERPILLAR

Pronunciation:  'katu`pilur

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth
  2. [n]  (trademark) a large vehicle that is driven by caterpillar tracks; frequently used for moving earth in construction and farm work
  3. [adj]  having caterpillar treads or tracks on the wheels; "a caterpillar-tracked earthmover"
 

CATERPILLAR is a 11 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: cat, caterpillar-tracked, tracked
 
 See Also: army worm, armyworm, beet armyworm, bollworm, cabbageworm, cankerworm, corn borer, cutworm, fall armyworm, giant silkworm, inchworm, lappet caterpillar, larva, Lepidoptera, looper, Manduca quinquemaculata, Manduca sexta, measuring worm, order Lepidoptera, Phthorimaea operculella, Pieris rapae, potato tuberworm, potato worm, Pseudaletia unipuncta, Pyrausta nubilalis, silkworm, Spodoptera exigua, Spodoptera frugiperda, tent caterpillar, tobacco hornworm, tomato hornworm, tomato worm, tracked vehicle, tussock caterpillar, webworm, wild wilkworm, woolly bear, woolly bear caterpillar

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Cat"er*pil`lar\, n. [OE. catyrpel, corrupted fr.
OF. chatepelouse, or cate pelue, fr. chate, F. chatte,
she-cat, fem. of chat, L. catus + L. pilosus hairy, or F.
pelu hairy, fr. L. pilus hair. See {Cat}, and {Pile} hair.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) The larval state of a butterfly or any
   lepidopterous insect; sometimes, but less commonly, the
   larval state of other insects, as the sawflies, which are
   also called false caterpillars. The true caterpillars have
   three pairs of true legs, and several pairs of abdominal
   fleshy legs (prolegs) armed with hooks. Some are hairy,
   others naked. They usually feed on leaves, fruit, and
   succulent vegetables, being often very destructive, Many
   of them are popularly called worms, as the cutworm,
   cankerworm, army worm, cotton worm, silkworm.

2. (Bot.) A plant of the genus {Scorpiurus}, with pods
   resembling caterpillars.

{Caterpillar catcher}, or {Caterpillar eater} (Zo["o]l.), a
   bird belonging to the family of Shrikes, which feeds on
   caterpillars. The name is also given to several other
   birds.

{Caterpillar hunter} (Zo["o]l.), any species of beetles of
   the genus {Callosoma} and other allied genera of the
   family {Carabid[ae]} which feed habitually upon
   caterpillars.

 
Dream Dictionary
 
 Definition: Seeing a caterpillar in your dream means a stage in your own personal growth and development where you are on your way, but have not yet reached your goal.
 
Easton Bible Dictionary
 
 Definition: 

the consumer. Used in the Old Testament (1 Kings 8:37; 2 Chr. 6:28; Ps. 78:46; Isa. 33:4) as the translation of a word (hasil) the root of which means "to devour" or "consume," and which is used also with reference to the locust in Deut. 28:38. It may have been a species of locust, or the name of one of the transformations through which the locust passes, locust-grub. It is also found (Ps. 105:34; Jer. 51:14, 27; R.V., "cankerworm") as the rendering of a different Hebrew word, _yelek_, a word elsewhere rendered "cankerworm" (q.v.), Joel 1:4; 2:25. (See LOCUST.)

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: arachnid, arthropod, aurelia, beetle, bug, centipede, chilopod, chrysalis, cocoon, daddy longlegs, diplopod, fly, grub, harvestman, hexapod, insect, larva, maggot, millepede, millipede, mite, nymph, nympha, pupa, scorpion, spider, tarantula, tick, wiggler, wriggler
 

 

 

 

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