spanworm
noun Etymology: 3span Date: 1820 looper 1

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  • spanworm — span worm (sp[a^]n w[^u]rm ), n. (Zo[ o]l.) The larva of any geometrid moth, as the cankerworm; a geometer; a measuring worm. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

  • spanworm — /span werrm /, n. measuringworm. [1810 20, Amer.; SPAN1 + WORM] * * * …   Universalium

  • spanworm — noun A measuring worm …   Wiktionary

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

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

  • spanworm — n. Geometer, looper, green looper, canker worm (Anisopteryx) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • spanworm — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: span (III) + worm : looper 1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • bruce spanworm — ˈbrüs noun also bruce s spanworm ˈbrüsə̇z Usage: usually capitalized B Etymology: probably after William S. Bruce died 1921 British explorer and naturalist : a spanworm (Operophtera bruceata) that feeds in early spring on the foliage of deciduous …   Useful english dictionary

  • bruce's spanworm — noun see bruce spanworm …   Useful english dictionary

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