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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.
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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