What does caterpillar mean?

Definitions for caterpillar
ˈkæt əˌpɪl ər, ˈkæt ər-cater·pil·lar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. caterpillar(noun)

    a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth

  2. Caterpillar, cat(noun)

    a large tracked vehicle that is propelled by two endless metal belts; frequently used for moving earth in construction and farm work


  1. caterpillar(Noun)

    The larva of a butterfly or moth; leafworm.

    The bird just ate that green caterpillar.

  2. caterpillar(Noun)

    A vehicle with a caterpillar track; a crawler.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Caterpillar(noun)

    the larval state of a butterfly or any lepidopterous insect; sometimes, but less commonly, the larval state of other insects, as the sawflies, which are also called false caterpillars. The true caterpillars have three pairs of true legs, and several pairs of abdominal fleshy legs (prolegs) armed with hooks. Some are hairy, others naked. They usually feed on leaves, fruit, and succulent vegetables, being often very destructive, Many of them are popularly called worms, as the cutworm, cankerworm, army worm, cotton worm, silkworm

  2. Caterpillar(noun)

    a plant of the genus Scorpiurus, with pods resembling caterpillars

  3. Origin: [OE. catyrpel, corrupted fr. OF. chatepelouse, or cate pelue, fr. chate, F. chatte, she-cat, fem. of chat, L. catus + L. pilosus hairy, or F. pelu hairy, fr. L. pilus hair. See Cat, and Pile hair.]


  1. Caterpillar

    Caterpillars are the larval form of members of the order Lepidoptera. They are mostly herbivorous in food habit, although some species are insectivorous. Caterpillars are voracious feeders and many of them are considered to be pests in agriculture. Many moth species are better known in their caterpillar stages because of the damage they cause to fruits and other agricultural produce. The etymological origins of the word are from the early 16th century, from Middle English catirpel, catirpeller, probably an alteration of Old North French catepelose: cate, cat + pelose, hairy.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Caterpillar

    kat′ėr-pil-ar, n. a grub that lives upon the leaves of plants. [Prob. O. Fr. chatepeleuse, 'hairy cat;' chate, a she-cat—L. catus, peleuse, hairy—L. pilosus, pilum.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of caterpillar in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of caterpillar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of caterpillar in a Sentence

  1. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    When a caterpillar looks in the mirror, he sees a butterfly.

  2. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    The caterpillar's end is the butterfly's beginning.

  3. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    One has to crawl like a caterpillar before flying like a butterfly.

  4. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    The caterpillar gets all the taunts; the butterfly gets all the praise.

  5. James Delgado:

    It really looked like a big fuzzy caterpillar stretched out on the bottom.

Images & Illustrations of caterpillar

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