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Any of various moths of the family Geometridae, having caterpillars commonly known as inchworms that move by looping the body in alternate contractions and expansions. Also called geometer.

[From New Latin Geōmetridae, family name, from Latin geōmetrēs, geometrician, land-measurer (the family being so named because the caterpillars seem to measure the surface on which they crawl by the length of their bodies), from Greek, from geōmetrein, to measure land; see geometry.]

ge·om′e·trid adj.


(Animals) any moth of the family Geometridae, the larvae of which are called measuring worms, inchworms, or loopers
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Geometridae
[C19: from New Latin Geōmetridae, from Latin, from Greek geometrēs: land measurer, from the looping gait of the larvae]


(dʒiˈɒm ɪ trɪd)

1. belonging or pertaining to the family Geometridae, comprising slender-bodied, broad-winged moths, the larvae of which are called measuring worms.
2. a geometrid moth.
[1860–65; < New Latin Geometridae]
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Noun1.geometrid - slender-bodied broad-winged moth whose larvae are called measuring wormsgeometrid - slender-bodied broad-winged moth whose larvae are called measuring worms
moth - typically crepuscular or nocturnal insect having a stout body and feathery or hairlike antennae
family Geometridae, Geometridae - measuring worms
Paleacrita vernata - moth whose larvae are spring cankerworms
Alsophila pometaria - North American moth with grey-winged males and wingless females; larvae are fall cankerworms
gusano medidor
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