webworm
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, -- used for sheltering persons from the weather, especially soldiers in camp. [1913 Webster]

Within his tent, large as is a barn. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. (Her.) The representation of a tent used as a bearing. [1913 Webster]

{Tent bed}, a high-post bedstead curtained with a tentlike canopy.

{Tent caterpillar} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of gregarious caterpillars which construct on trees large silken webs into which they retreat when at rest. Some of the species are very destructive to fruit trees. The most common American species is the larva of a bombycid moth ({Clisiocampa Americana}). Called also {lackery caterpillar}, and {webworm}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Webworm — Web worm , n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of various species of moths whose gregarious larv[ae] eat the leaves of trees, and construct a large web to which they retreat when not feeding. [1913 Webster] Note: The most destructive webworms belong to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • webworm — ☆ webworm [web′wʉrm΄ ] n. any of various caterpillars that spin large, irregular webs, as the fall webworm ( Hyphantria cunea), whose webs envelop whole branches of trees …   English World dictionary

  • webworm — /web werrm /, n. the larva of any of several moths, as Hyphantria cunea (fall webworm) or Loxostege similalis (garden webworm), which spins a web over the foliage on which it feeds. [1790 1800, Amer; WEB + WORM] * * * …   Universalium

  • webworm — noun several gregarious moth larvae that spin webs over foliage on which they feed • Hypernyms: ↑caterpillar • Hyponyms: ↑fall webworm, ↑Hyphantria cunea, ↑garden webworm, ↑Loxostege similalis • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • webworm — noun Date: 1797 any of various caterpillars that are more or less gregarious and spin large webs …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • webworm — noun Any of various caterpillars, mostly of the family Pyralidae, that spin a web (in which to feed) …   Wiktionary

  • webworm — n. caterpillar which spins a web …   English contemporary dictionary

  • webworm — noun N. Amer. a caterpillar which spins a web in which to rest or feed …   English new terms dictionary

  • webworm — web•worm [[t]ˈwɛbˌwɜrm[/t]] n. ent the larva of any of several moths, which spins a web over the foliage on which it feeds • Etymology: 1790–1800 …   From formal English to slang

  • webworm moth — noun a variety of moth that spins a web in which it lives • Hypernyms: ↑lasiocampid, ↑lasiocampid moth • Hyponyms: ↑Hyphantria cunea, ↑Loxostege similalis …   Useful english dictionary

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