webworm
noun Date: 1797 any of various caterpillars that are more or less gregarious and spin large webs

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  • Webworm — Web worm , n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of various species of moths whose gregarious larv[ae] eat the leaves of trees, and construct a large web to which they retreat when not feeding. [1913 Webster] Note: The most destructive webworms belong to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • webworm — ☆ webworm [web′wʉrm΄ ] n. any of various caterpillars that spin large, irregular webs, as the fall webworm ( Hyphantria cunea), whose webs envelop whole branches of trees …   English World dictionary

  • webworm — /web werrm /, n. the larva of any of several moths, as Hyphantria cunea (fall webworm) or Loxostege similalis (garden webworm), which spins a web over the foliage on which it feeds. [1790 1800, Amer; WEB + WORM] * * * …   Universalium

  • webworm — noun several gregarious moth larvae that spin webs over foliage on which they feed • Hypernyms: ↑caterpillar • Hyponyms: ↑fall webworm, ↑Hyphantria cunea, ↑garden webworm, ↑Loxostege similalis • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • webworm — 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

  • webworm — noun Any of various caterpillars, mostly of the family Pyralidae, that spin a web (in which to feed) …   Wiktionary

  • webworm — n. caterpillar which spins a web …   English contemporary dictionary

  • webworm — noun N. Amer. a caterpillar which spins a web in which to rest or feed …   English new terms dictionary

  • webworm — web•worm [[t]ˈwɛbˌwɜrm[/t]] n. ent the larva of any of several moths, which spins a web over the foliage on which it feeds • Etymology: 1790–1800 …   From formal English to slang

  • webworm moth — noun a variety of moth that spins a web in which it lives • Hypernyms: ↑lasiocampid, ↑lasiocampid moth • Hyponyms: ↑Hyphantria cunea, ↑Loxostege similalis …   Useful english dictionary

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