geometrid
noun Etymology: ultimately from Greek geōmetrēs geometer, from geōmetrein Date: 1876 any of a family (Geometridae) of usually medium-sized moths with large wings and larvae that are loopers • geometrid adjective

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  • Geometrid — Ge*om e*trid, a. (Zo[ o]l.) Pertaining or belonging to the {Geometrid[ae]}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Geometrid — Ge*om e*trid, n. (Zo[ o]l.) One of numerous genera and species of moths, of the family {Geometrid[ae]}; so called because their larv[ae] (called loopers, measuring worms, spanworms, and inchworms) creep in a looping manner, as if measuring. Many… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • geometrid — [jē äm′ə trid] n. [< ModL Geometridae < L geometres: see GEOMETRY] any of a family (Geometridae) of moths whose larvae are called measuring worms …   English World dictionary

  • geometrid — adj. [Gr. ge, earth; metron, measure] (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) A larva whose movements resemble a looping motion moving tail to head, such as the geometrid moth larva (Geometridae) measuring worms ; geometroid; see rectigrade …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • geometrid — /jee om i trid/, adj. 1. belonging or pertaining to the family Geometridae, comprising slender bodied, broad winged moths, the larvae of which are called measuring worms. n. 2. a geometrid moth. [1860 65; < NL Geometridae, equiv. to Geometr(a) a… …   Universalium

  • geometrid — noun a) Any of the various moths of the family Geometridae. b) A larva of such moth, which when walking alternate legs and prolegs, giving the appearance of measuring. Syn: geometer moth, geometrid mo …   Wiktionary

  • geometrid — ge•om•e•trid [[t]dʒiˈɒm ɪ trɪd[/t]] adj. 1) ent belonging or pertaining to the family Geometridae, comprising slender bodied, broad winged moths, the larvae of which are called measuring worms 2) ent a geometrid moth • Etymology: 1860–65; < NL …   From formal English to slang

  • geometrid — /dʒiˈɒmətrɪd/ (say jee omuhtrid) adjective 1. of or relating to the moths of the family Geometridae, the larvae of which are called measuring worms or loopers. –noun 2. a geometrid moth. {New Latin Geōmetridae, from Latin geōmetra geometer} …   Australian English dictionary

  • geometrid — noun slender bodied broad winged moth whose larvae are called measuring worms • Syn: ↑geometrid moth • Hypernyms: ↑moth • Hyponyms: ↑Paleacrita vernata, ↑Alsophila pometaria • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • geometrid — [dʒɪ ɒmɪtrɪd] noun Entomology a moth of a large family (Geometridae), distinguished by having twig like caterpillars that move by looping and straightening the body. Origin C19: from mod. L. Geometridae, from the genus name Geometra, from L.… …   English new terms dictionary

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