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Caterpillar vs. Inchworm

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Caterpillarnoun

The larva of a butterfly or moth; leafworm.

β€˜The bird just ate that green caterpillar.’;

Inchwormnoun

The larva of a moth of the family Geometridae.

Caterpillarnoun

A vehicle with a caterpillar track; a crawler.

Inchwormverb

To move in a looping fashion, like an inchworm.

Caterpillarnoun

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.

Inchwormverb

To crawl or creep slowly.

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Caterpillarnoun

A plant of the genus Scorpiurus, with pods resembling caterpillars.

Inchwormnoun

The larva of any geometrid moth. It progresses forward by first bringing the rear end of the body forward, forming a loop, then moving the front part of the body; called also measuring worm, measuringworm, spanner, and looper. See Geometrid.

Caterpillarnoun

a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth

Inchwormnoun

small hairless caterpillar having legs on only its front and rear segments; mostly larvae of moths of the family Geometridae

Caterpillarnoun

a large vehicle that is driven by caterpillar tracks; frequently used for moving earth in construction and farm work

Caterpillar

Caterpillars ( CAT-Ι™r-pil-Ι™r) are the larval stage of members of the order Lepidoptera (the insect order comprising butterflies and moths). As with most common names, the application of the word is arbitrary, since the larvae of sawflies are commonly called caterpillars as well.

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