tent caterpillar
noun Date: 1854 any of several destructive gregarious caterpillars (genus Malacosoma and especially M. americanum of the family Lasiocampidae) that constructionct large silken webs on trees

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  • Tent caterpillar — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tent caterpillar — ☆ tent caterpillar n. any of various caterpillars (esp. genus Malacosoma, family Lasiocampidae) that usually live in colonies in large, tentlike webs spun among the branches of trees, which they defoliate …   English World 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

  • tent caterpillar — 1. any of the larvae of several moths of the genus Malacosoma, which feed on the leaves of orchard and shade trees and live colonially in a tentlike silken web. 2. the North American larva of M. disstria (forest tent caterpillar), which spins a… …   Universalium

  • tent caterpillar — noun the larvae of moths that build and live in communal silken webs in orchard and shade trees • Hypernyms: ↑caterpillar • Hyponyms: ↑forest tent caterpillar, ↑Malacosoma disstria • Member Holonyms: ↑Malacosoma, ↑genus Malacos …   Useful english dictionary

  • tent caterpillar — tent′ cat erpillar n. ent any of the larvae of several moths of the genus Malacosoma, which feed on the leaves of deciduous trees and live colonially in a tentlike silken web • Etymology: 1850–55, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • tent caterpillar — /ˈtɛnt ˌkætəpɪlə/ (say tent .katuhpiluh) noun any of several caterpillars or moths (family Lasiocampidae), which spin tent like, silken webs in which they live gregariously …   Australian English dictionary

  • tent caterpillar — noun chiefly N. Amer. a moth caterpillar that lives gregariously inside a silken web in a tree …   English new terms dictionary

  • tent caterpillar moth —  any of a group of moths in the family Lasiocampidae (order Lepidoptera) in which the larvae (caterpillars) spin huge, tent shaped communal webs in trees, are often brightly coloured, and can defoliate forest, fruit, and ornamental trees. The… …   Universalium

  • tent-caterpillar moth — noun 1. moth whose larvae are tent caterpillars • Syn: ↑Malacosoma americana • Hypernyms: ↑moth • Member Holonyms: ↑Malacosoma, ↑genus Malacosoma 2. moth whose gregarious larvae spin webs resembling carpets …   Useful english dictionary

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