silkworm
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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  • Silkworm — Silk worm , n. [AS. seolcwyrm.] (Zo[ o]l.) The larva of any one of numerous species of bombycid moths, which spins a large amount of strong silk in constructing its cocoon before changing to a pupa. [1913 Webster] Note: The common species… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Silkworm — Silkworm: Silkworm  компьютерная игра в жанре горизонтального скролл шутера, разработанная в 1988 году. Silkworm  инди рок группа, существовавшая с 1987 по 2005 год …   Википедия

  • silkworm — см. Приложение 1 (Bombyx mori). (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • silkworm — silkworm. См. тутовый шелкопряд. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • silkworm — O.E. seolcwyrm; see SILK (Cf. silk) + WORM (Cf. worm) …   Etymology dictionary

  • silkworm — ► NOUN ▪ a caterpillar of a domesticated silk moth, which spins a silk cocoon that is processed to yield silk fibre …   English terms dictionary

  • silkworm — [silk′wʉrm΄] n. any of certain moth caterpillars (esp. family Bombycidae) that produce cocoons of silk fiber: they feed chiefly on mulberry leaves, and some species (esp. Bombyx mori) are cultivated as the source of commercial silk …   English World dictionary

  • SilkWorm — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Silkworm. SilkWorm Éditeur Tecmo Virgin …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Silkworm — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Silkworm signifie « ver à soie » en anglais. le terme peut également faire référence à : SilkWorm, un jeu vidéo ; Silkworm, un groupe… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Silkworm — Silk|worm [ sɪlkwə:m], Silk|worm|gut [...gʌt], das; s [engl. silkworm gut, aus: silkworm = Seidenraupe u. gut = Darm]: aus dem Saft, mit dem die Seidenraupe ihren Kokon spinnt, gewonnenes chirurgisches Nähmaterial …   Universal-Lexikon

  • silkworm — UK [ˈsɪlkˌwɜː(r)m] / US [ˈsɪlkˌwɜrm] noun [countable] Word forms silkworm : singular silkworm plural silkworms a type of caterpillar that produces silk when it is young …   English dictionary

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