tent caterpillars
Lackey Lack"ey, n.; pl. {Lackeys}. [F. laquais; cf. Sp. & Pg. lacayo; of uncertain origin; perh. of German origin, and akin to E. lick, v.] An attending male servant; a footman; a servile follower. [1913 Webster]

Like a Christian footboy or a gentleman's lackey. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Lackey caterpillar} (Zo["o]l.), the caterpillar, or larva, of any bombycid moth of the genus {Clisiocampa}; -- so called from its party-colored markings. The common European species ({Clisiocampa neustria}) is striped with blue, yellow, and red, with a white line on the back. The American species ({Clisiocampa Americana} and {Clisiocampa sylvatica}) are commonly called {tent caterpillars}. See {Tent caterpillar}, under {Tent}.

{Lackey moth} (Zo["o]l.), the moth which produces the lackey caterpillar. [1913 Webster]


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  • Tent caterpillar — Taxobox name = Tent caterpillars image width = 240px image caption = Lackey moth, Malacosoma neustrium regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Lepidoptera unranked familia = Macrolepidoptera superfamilia = Lasiocampoidea… …   Wikipedia

  • tent caterpillar — 1. any of the larvae of several moths of the genus Malacosoma, which feed on the leaves of orchard and shade trees and live colonially in a tentlike silken web. 2. the North American larva of M. disstria (forest tent caterpillar), which spins a… …   Universalium

  • tent-caterpillar moth — noun 1. moth whose larvae are tent caterpillars • Syn: ↑Malacosoma americana • Hypernyms: ↑moth • Member Holonyms: ↑Malacosoma, ↑genus Malacosoma 2. moth whose gregarious larvae spin webs resembling carpets …   Useful english dictionary

  • Tent — Tent, n. [OE. tente, F. tente, LL. tenta, fr. L. tendere, tentum, to stretch. See {Tend} to move, and cf. {Tent} a roll of lint.] 1. A pavilion or portable lodge consisting of skins, canvas, or some strong cloth, stretched and sustained by poles …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tent bed — Tent Tent, n. [OE. tente, F. tente, LL. tenta, fr. L. tendere, tentum, to stretch. See {Tend} to move, and cf. {Tent} a roll of lint.] 1. A pavilion or portable lodge consisting of skins, canvas, or some strong cloth, stretched and sustained by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tent caterpillar — Tent Tent, n. [OE. tente, F. tente, LL. tenta, fr. L. tendere, tentum, to stretch. See {Tend} to move, and cf. {Tent} a roll of lint.] 1. A pavilion or portable lodge consisting of skins, canvas, or some strong cloth, stretched and sustained by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tent caterpillar — ☆ tent caterpillar n. any of various caterpillars (esp. genus Malacosoma, family Lasiocampidae) that usually live in colonies in large, tentlike webs spun among the branches of trees, which they defoliate …   English World dictionary

  • tent caterpillar moth —  any of a group of moths in the family Lasiocampidae (order Lepidoptera) in which the larvae (caterpillars) spin huge, tent shaped communal webs in trees, are often brightly coloured, and can defoliate forest, fruit, and ornamental trees. The… …   Universalium

  • tent caterpillar — /ˈtɛnt ˌkætəpɪlə/ (say tent .katuhpiluh) noun any of several caterpillars or moths (family Lasiocampidae), which spin tent like, silken webs in which they live gregariously …   Australian English dictionary

  • tent caterpillar — noun Date: 1854 any of several destructive gregarious caterpillars (genus Malacosoma and especially M. americanum of the family Lasiocampidae) that constructionct large silken webs on trees …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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