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Cat·er·pil·lar

 (kăt′ər-pĭl′ər, kăt′ə-)
A trademark for a tractor equipped with continuous chain treads.

cat·er·pil·lar

 (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.

[Middle English catirpel, catirpeller, probably alteration of Old North French *catepelose : cate, cat (from Latin cattus) + pelose, hairy (from Latin pilōsus; see pilose).]
Word History: Larvae of moths and butterflies are popularly seen as resembling other, larger animals. Consider the Italian dialect word gatta, "cat, caterpillar"; the German dialect term tüfelskatz, "caterpillar" (literally "devil's cat"); the French word chenille, "caterpillar" (from a Vulgar Latin diminutive, *canīcula, of canis, "dog"); and last but not least, our own word caterpillar, which appears probably to have come from an unattested Old North French word *catepelose, meaning literally "hairy cat." Our word caterpillar is first recorded in English in 1440 in the form catyrpel. Catyr, the first part of catyrpel, may indicate the existence of an English word *cater, meaning "tomcat," otherwise attested only in caterwaul. *Cater would be cognate with Middle High German kater and Dutch kater. The latter part of catyrpel seems to have become associated with the word piller, "plunderer." By giving the variant spelling -ar, Samuel Johnson's influential Dictionary set the spelling caterpillar with which we are familiar today.

caterpillar

(ˈkætəˌpɪlə)
n
(Zoology) the wormlike larva of butterflies and moths, having numerous pairs of legs and powerful biting jaws. It may be brightly coloured, hairy, or spiny
[C15 catyrpel, probably from Old Northern French catepelose, literally: hairy cat]

Caterpillar

(ˈkætəˌpɪlə)
n
1. (Mechanical Engineering) an endless track, driven by sprockets or wheels, used to propel a heavy vehicle and enable it to cross soft or uneven ground
2. (Mechanical Engineering) a vehicle, such as a tractor, tank, bulldozer, etc, driven by such tracks

cat•er•pil•lar

(ˈkæt əˌpɪl ər, ˈkæt ər-)

n.
the larva of a butterfly or a moth, having biting mouthparts, a long segmented body with several pairs of legs and prolegs, and a spinneret.
[1400–50; catyrpel, probably Old French chatepelose=chate cat + pelose hairy (« Latin pilōsus; see pilose)]

Cat•er•pil•lar

(ˈkæt əˌpɪl ər, ˈkæt ər-)
Trademark. a tractor intended for rough terrain, propelled by two endless belts or tracks that pass over a number of wheels.

cat·er·pil·lar

(kăt′ər-pĭl′ər)
The worm-like larva of a butterfly or moth, often having fine hairs or brightly colored patterns. Caterpillars feed on plants.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.caterpillar - a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or mothcaterpillar - a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth
Lepidoptera, order Lepidoptera - moths and butterflies
tussock caterpillar - larva of a tussock moth
cankerworm - green caterpillar of a geometrid moth; pest of various fruit and shade trees
inchworm, looper, measuring worm - small hairless caterpillar having legs on only its front and rear segments; mostly larvae of moths of the family Geometridae
Phthorimaea operculella, potato tuberworm - larva of potato moth; mines in leaves and stems of e.g. potatoes and tobacco
cutworm - North American moth whose larvae feed on young plant stems cutting them off at the ground
army worm, armyworm, Pseudaletia unipuncta - noctuid moth larvae that travel in multitudes destroying especially grass and grain
beet armyworm, Spodoptera exigua - moth larva that eats foliage of beets and other vegetables
fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda - larva of a migratory American noctuid moth; destroys grasses and small grains
Manduca sexta, tobacco hornworm, tomato worm - large green white-striped hawkmoth larva that feeds on tobacco and related plants; similar to tomato hornworm
Manduca quinquemaculata, potato worm, tomato hornworm - large green white-striped hawkmoth larva that feeds on tomato and potato plants; similar to tobacco hornworm
silkworm - the commercially bred hairless white caterpillar of the domestic silkworm moth which spins a cocoon that can be processed to yield silk fiber; the principal source of commercial silk
giant silkworm, wild wilkworm, silkworm - larva of a saturniid moth; spins a large amount of strong silk in constructing its cocoon
tent caterpillar - the larvae of moths that build and live in communal silken webs in orchard and shade trees
lappet caterpillar - larva of a lappet moth
webworm - several gregarious moth larvae that spin webs over foliage on which they feed
corn borer, Pyrausta nubilalis - larva of the European corn borer moth; a serious pest of maize
bollworm - any of various moth caterpillars that destroy cotton bolls
cabbageworm, Pieris rapae - toxic green larva of a cabbage butterfly
woolly bear, woolly bear caterpillar - caterpillar of numerous moths characterized by a dense coat of woolly hairs; feed on plants and some are destructive pests
larva - the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose
2.Caterpillar - a large tracked vehicle that is propelled by two endless metal belts; frequently used for moving earth in construction and farm work
tracked vehicle - a self-propelled vehicle that moves on tracks
trademark - a formally registered symbol identifying the manufacturer or distributor of a product
Translations
جَرّارَةٌ مُجَنْزَرَةٌدودَةٌ، فَراشَةٌيُسْروع
housenkapásový
kålormsommerfuglelarvebælte-
كرم‌ صدپا
toukka
gusjenica
hernyóhernyótalpashernyótalpas traktor
beltadráttarvélfiîrildislirfa, tólffótungurlirfa
イモムシ
애벌레
eruca
vikšrasvikšrinis
kāpurķēžu-kāpurs
húsenicapásový
gosenica
gusenica
fjärilslarvmallarv
หนอนผีเสื้อ
tırtıltırtıllı
sâu bướm

caterpillar

[ˈkætəpɪləʳ]
A. N
1. (Zool) → oruga f
2. (also Caterpillar tractor®) → tractor m de oruga
B. CPD Caterpillar track® Nrodado m de oruga

caterpillar

[ˈkætərpɪlər] n [butterfly, moth] → chenille fCaterpillar track® [ˈkætərpɪlər] nchenille fCaterpillar® tractor [ˈkætərpɪlər] nautochenille f

caterpillar

n
(Zool) → Raupe f
caterpillar® (Tech) → Raupe(nkette) f, → Gleiskette f; (= vehicle)Raupenfahrzeug nt

caterpillar

[ˈkætəˌpɪləʳ] n (Zool) → bruco; (vehicle) → cingolato

caterpillar

(ˈkӕtəpilə) noun
the larva of a butterfly or moth that feeds upon the leaves of plants. There's a caterpillar on this lettuce.
adjective
moving on endless belts. a caterpillar tractor.

caterpillar

يُسْروع housenka kålorm Raupe κάμπια oruga toukka chenille gusjenica bruco イモムシ 애벌레 rups kålorm gąsienica lagarta гусеница fjärilslarv หนอนผีเสื้อ tırtıl sâu bướm 毛虫
References in classic literature ?
And I'll tell oo about the caterpillars while we work.
Beetles, rodents and caterpillars were devoured with seeming relish.
The caterpillars could not stop spinning as they walked, and as they walked everywhere, they smarmed and garmed everything.
he said they were caterpillars; I did think they were kicking rather hard, for caterpillars.
Sometimes, quite often in fact, for he was an ape, his attention was distracted by other things, a beetle, a caterpillar, a tiny field mouse, and off he would go in pursuit; the caterpillars he always caught, and sometimes the beetles; but the field mice, never.
We got a splendid stock of sorted spiders, and bugs, and frogs, and caterpillars, and one thing or another; and we like to got a hornet's nest, but we didn't.
The people made great rejoicings, but took care to keep Liberty Tree well pruned and free from caterpillars and canker-worms.
First of all Carrie Sloane dared Ruby Gillis to climb to a certain point in the huge old willow tree before the front door; which Ruby Gillis, albeit in mortal dread of the fat green caterpillars with which said tree was infested and with the fear of her mother before her eyes if she should tear her new muslin dress, nimbly did, to the discomfiture of the aforesaid Carrie Sloane.
Bergson, quoting Fabre, has made play with the supposed extraordinary accuracy of the solitary wasp Ammophila, which lays its eggs in a caterpillar.
Huber found it was with a caterpillar, which makes a very complicated hammock; for if he took a caterpillar which had completed its hammock up to, say, the sixth stage of construction, and put it into a hammock completed up only to the third stage, the caterpillar simply re-performed the fourth, fifth, and sixth stages of construction.
But Queequeg, do you see, was a creature in the transition state -- neither caterpillar nor butterfly.
Over the Maybury arch a train, a billowing tumult of white, firelit smoke, and a long caterpillar of lighted windows, went flying south--clatter, clatter, clap, rap, and it had gone.