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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.
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(Animals) the larva of various moths of the family Lasiocampidae, esp Malacosoma americana of North America, which build communal webs in trees
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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
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