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A caterpillar of a geometrid moth that moves by looping the body in alternate contractions and expansions. Also called looper, measuring worm, spanworm.


(Animals) another name for a measuring worm


or meas′uring worm`,

a geometrid moth larva that progresses by bringing the rear end of the body forward and then advancing the front end.
Also called inchworm.
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Noun1.inchworm - small hairless caterpillar having legs on only its front and rear segmentsinchworm - small hairless caterpillar having legs on only its front and rear segments; mostly larvae of moths of the family Geometridae
caterpillar - a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth
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Together, they rode an inchworm train back up the mountain.
Ken is probably referring to the caterpillars commonly called inchworms, since most other caterpillars don't have the inchworm's looping gait.
The Trinity program consists of 3 independent software modules: Inchworm, Chrysalis, and Butterfly, which were applied sequentially to process large volumes of RNA-seq reads.
Nike also asked that we add 30 inchworm to push-ups to our workout.
The first image I saw at the range during setup was a ripened head of field grass, with something crawling up the right side When I adjusted the focus, the "something" resolved into an inchworm on a head of grass about 60 yards away.
Linear inchworm mechanism based on giant magnetostrictive and piezoelectric materials, Journal of Tsinghua University 45(8): 1055-1057.
Many types of locomotion have been tested, including worm, inchworm, snake, rolling track, caterpillar, cilia surface, hexapod, slinky, spider, cluster walk, and car.
Largay, who went by the nickname Inchworm, got lost after leaving the trail on July 22, 2013, to relieve herself and set up her final camp the next day, wardens said.
shorn of its crown of accents, even so do I live,/ blind, like and/an inchworm, spanning my hand on the paper" (Foamy Sky 188).
The poetic desolation described in stanzas one and three ("my careful singing brings no comfort" and "these desiccated words do not flow freely") is followed in stanza four by the thrilling discovery of "sow-thistle, bird-dung, inchworm, stonework, fountain.
The online INCHWORM program was also used for the confirmation of size of the alleles estimates the length of the alleles on the basis of electrophoresis mobility (http://molecularworkshop.
Of more understandable delight to children will be Surveying (1993), a video in which an inchworm races across a map until it comes to the edge.