Meaning of CATERPILLAR in English

CATERPILLAR

n. 1 a the larva of a butterfly or moth. b (in general use) any similar larva of various insects. 2 (Caterpillar) a (in full Caterpillar track or tread) propr. a steel band passing round the wheels of a tractor etc. for travel on rough ground. b a vehicle with these tracks, e.g. a tractor or tank.

[ perh. AF var. of OF chatepelose lit. hairy cat, infl. by obs. piller ravager ]

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