Meaning of CATERPILLAR in English

CATERPILLAR

transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈka-tə(r)-ˌpi-lər ]

noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English catyrpel, from Anglo-French * catepelose, literally, hairy cat

Date: 15th century

: the elongated wormlike larva of a butterfly or moth ; also : any of various similar larvae

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