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caterpillar

noun

1 caterpillar

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

Roget 129: infant, babe, baby, babe in arms; nurseling, suckling, yearling, weanling; papoose, bambino; kid; vagitus.    child, bairn [Scot.], ... show more

Roget 272: vehicle, conveyance, carriage, caravan, van; common carrier; wagon, waggon, wain, dray, cart, lorry.    truck, tram; ... show more

Dutch: rups
Polish: g─ůsienica, liszka



2 Caterpillar

A large tracked vehicle that is propelled by two endless metal belts; frequently used for moving earth in construction and farm work.

synonym: cat.


Moby thesaurus: arachnid, arthropod, aurelia, beetle, bug, centipede, chilopod, chrysalis, cocoon, daddy longlegs, diplopod, fly, grub, harvestman, hexapod, insect, larva, maggot, millepede, millipede ... show more.

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