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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Caterpillar(noun)

    a plant of the genus Scorpiurus, with pods resembling caterpillars

    Etymology: [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.]


  1. Caterpillar

    the term applied to the larvae of Lepidoptera.

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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. Richard Bach:

    The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.

  2. Chris Wolfe:

    Today's an emblematic day, showing the uneven effect of tariffs on the market, caterpillar, Boeing and other big companies that require a large global sales base are suffering.

  3. Matshona Dhliwayo:

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

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Metamorphosis is an inherent part and the most profound process of life, in my view. We constantly transform into better versions of ourselves, like an Ugly Duckling transforming to Swan, and a Caterpillar to beautiful Butterfly. The metamorphosis continues throgh the journey of life, and then from generation to generations yet to come. There is an element of elegance and beauty in the fact that we all evolve, metaphorically, to Butterflies with Earth as our Chrysalis.

  5. RVM:

    Trust to Transform. LET GO…like a Caterpillar that eventually turns into a beautiful Butterfly.

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