caterpillar

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A caterpillar—the larva of a butterfly or moth.

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From Middle English catirpel, catirpeller, probably from Old Northern French catepelose (Modern French chat + pileux (hairy cat)), from Late Latin cattus + pilōsus.

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caterpillar (plural caterpillars)

  1. The larva of a butterfly or moth; leafworm.
    The bird just ate that green caterpillar.
  2. A vehicle with a caterpillar track; a crawler.

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