n.1.(Zool.) Any caterpillar which has the general appearance of a slug, as do those of certain moths belonging to Limacodes and allied genera, and those of certain sawflies.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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