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inch·worm

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

inchworm

(ˈɪntʃˌwɜːm)
n
(Animals) another name for a measuring worm

meas′ur•ing•worm`

or meas′uring worm`,



n.
a geometrid moth larva that progresses by bringing the rear end of the body forward and then advancing the front end.
Also called inchworm.
[1835–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Ken is probably referring to the caterpillars commonly called inchworms, since most other caterpillars don't have the inchworm's looping gait.
The clay caterpillars used for the study were all created at the University of Helsinki, with the same green plasticine and in the same looping shape of inchworms.
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