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Definition of Caterpillar


  1. 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. A plant of the genus Scorpiurus, with pods resembling caterpillars.

Caterpillar Quotations

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.
R. Buckminster Fuller

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.
Richard Bach

Patience doesn't mean making a pact with the devil of denial, ignoring our emotions and aspirations. It means being wholeheartedly engaged in the process that's unfolding, rather than ripping open a budding flower or demanding a caterpillar hurry up and get that chrysalis stage over with.
Sharon Salzberg

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 the butterfly.
Richard Bach

Know thyself. A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever studies himself arrest his own development. A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.
Andre Gide
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Caterpillar Translations

caterpillar in Dutch is rupsband, rups
caterpillar in Finnish is toukka
caterpillar in French is chenille
caterpillar in German is Raupe
caterpillar in Italian is bruco
caterpillar in Norwegian is gravemaskin, larve
caterpillar in Portuguese is lagarta
caterpillar in Spanish is oruga
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