army worm
Caterpillar Cat"er*pil`lar, n. [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. (Zo["o]l.) 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}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) A plant of the genus {Scorpiurus}, with pods resembling caterpillars. [1913 Webster]

{Caterpillar catcher}, or {Caterpillar eater} (Zo["o]l.), a bird belonging to the family of Shrikes, which feeds on caterpillars. The name is also given to several other birds.

{Caterpillar hunter} (Zo["o]l.), any species of beetles of the genus {Callosoma} and other allied genera of the family {Carabid[ae]} which feed habitually upon caterpillars. [1913 Webster]


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  • army worm — ☆ army worm n. any of the larvae of certain noctuid moths, esp. of the moth (Pseudaletia unipuncta) of which the caterpillar is dark striped green and yellow: these larvae travel in large groups, ruining crops and grass * * * …   Universalium

  • army worm — ☆ army worm n. any of the larvae of certain noctuid moths, esp. of the moth (Pseudaletia unipuncta) of which the caterpillar is dark striped green and yellow: these larvae travel in large groups, ruining crops and grass …   English World dictionary

  • Army worm — armyworm armyworm, Army worm Ar my worm (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A lepidopterous insect, which in the larval state often travels in great multitudes from field to field, destroying grass, grain, and other crops. The common army worm of the northern United… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • army worm — noun 1》 any of a destructive mass of caterpillars of certain species of moth, which feed on crops. 2》 any of the small maggots of certain gnats, which move in large numbers within secreted slime …   English new terms dictionary

  • army worm —   Kupa, pe elua …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • army worm — noun noctuid moth larvae that travel in multitudes destroying especially grass and grain • Syn: ↑armyworm, ↑Pseudaletia unipuncta • Hypernyms: ↑caterpillar • Member Holonyms: ↑Pseudaletia, ↑genus Pseudaletia …   Useful english dictionary

  • Southern army worm — Cotton Cot ton (k[o^]t t n), n. [F. coton, Sp. algodon the cotton plant and its wool, coton printed cotton, cloth, fr. Ar. qutun, alqutun, cotton wool. Cf. {Acton}, {Hacqueton}.] 1. A soft, downy substance, resembling fine wool, consisting of the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bertha army worm — noun A type of cutworm of north central USA and Canada, destructive to crops • • • Main Entry: ↑bertha …   Useful english dictionary

  • worm —   Ko e, ilo.   See army worm, bristle worm, cutworm, maggot, measuring worm, pinworm.     Annelid worm, muiona.     Small worm in sand, moeone.     Worm offal, popopo.     Worm eaten, huhuhu.     A worm shell, po apo ai …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • worm — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. earthworm, angleworm; maggot, larva, grub, caterpillar; insect; crawler, nightcrawler; flatworm, platyhelminth, tapeworm, cestode, nematode, round worm, ascarid, pinworm, annelid; wretch; screw,… …   English dictionary for students

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