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Any of several destructive caterpillars of the family Lasiocampidae, especially of the genus Malacosoma, that live in colonies and construct silken tentlike webs in the branches of trees.
(Animals) the larva of various moths of the family Lasiocampidae, esp Malacosoma americana of North America, which build communal webs in trees
any of the larvae of several moths of the genus Malacosoma, which feed on the leaves of deciduous trees and live colonially in a tentlike silken web.
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|Noun||1.||tent caterpillar - the larvae of moths that build and live in communal silken webs in orchard and shade trees|
forest tent caterpillar, Malacosoma disstria - larvae of a gregarious North American moth that spins a web resembling a carpet rather than a tent; serious defoliator of deciduous trees
caterpillar - a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth