Lackey caterpillar
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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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lackey moth — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lackey moth — Lackey Malacosoma neustria Adult with light coloration Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • lackey moth — noun also lackey ( s) Etymology: so called from the resemblance of the caterpillar s coat to a footman s livery : a European moth (Malacosoma neustria) with a larva that is a tent caterpillar sometimes injurious to orchard trees and other woody… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lackey — n. & v. (also lacquey) n. (pl. eys) 1 derog. a a servile political follower. b an obsequious parasitical person. 2 a a (usu. liveried) footman or manservant. b a servant. v.tr. ( eys, eyed) archaic behave servilely to; dance attendance on.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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

  • Clisiocampa Americana — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Clisiocampa neustria — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Clisiocampa sylvatica — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lackeys — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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