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caterpillar

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A caterpillar—the larva of a butterfly or moth.

Etymology

From Middle English catirpel, catirpeller, probably from Old Norman French catepelose (Modern French chat + pileux, "hairy cat"), from Late Latin cattus + pilōsus.

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caterpillar

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  1. The larva of a butterfly or moth.
    The bird just ate that green caterpillar.
  2. A vehicle with a caterpillar track; a crawler.

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