Inchworm Inch"worm`, n. (Zo["o]l.) The larva of any geometrid moth. It progresses forward by first bringing the rear end of the body forward, forming a loop, then moving the front part of the body; called also {measuring} worm, {measuringworm}, {spanner}, and {looper}. See {Geometrid}. [1913 Webster]

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  • inchworm — (n.) 1844, American English, from INCH (Cf. inch) (v.) + WORM (Cf. worm) (n.). Other old names for it included loaper caterpiller and surveyor, all from its mode of progress …   Etymology dictionary

  • inchworm — ☆ inchworm [inch′wʉrm΄ ] n. MEASURING WORM …   English World dictionary

  • Inchworm — Inchworms are the caterpillars of geometer moths.Inchworm can also mean: * Inchworm (song), a song from the film Hans Christian Andersen *Inchworm (toy), a ride on toy manufactured by Hasbro in the 1970s *Inchworm motor, an electric motor… …   Wikipedia

  • inchworm — Dropworm Drop worm (dr[o^]p w[^u]rm ), n. (Zo[ o]l.) The larva of any geometrid moth, which drops from trees by means of a thread of silk, as the {cankerworm} or {inchworm}. See {inchworm} and {geometrid}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inchworm — noun Date: circa 1861 looper 1 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • inchworm — /inch werrm /, n. measuringworm. [1860 65; INCH1 + WORM] * * * …   Universalium

  • inchworm — noun The larva of a moth of the family Geometridae. Syn: geometrid, looper, measuring worm, spanworm …   Wiktionary

  • inchworm — n. type of small caterpillar …   English contemporary dictionary

  • inchworm — noun North American term for looper …   English new terms dictionary

  • inchworm — inch•worm [[t]ˈɪntʃˌwɜrm[/t]] n. ent measuringworm • Etymology: 1860–65 …   From formal English to slang

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