from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The wormlike larva of a butterfly or moth.
- n. Any of various insect larvae similar to those of the butterfly or moth.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The larva of a butterfly or moth; leafworm.
- n. A vehicle with a caterpillar track; a crawler.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The larval state of a butterfly or any lepidopterous insect; sometimes, but less commonly, the larval state of other insects, as the sawflies, which are also called false caterpillars. The true caterpillars have three pairs of true legs, and several pairs of abdominal fleshy legs (prolegs) armed with hooks. Some are hairy, others naked. They usually feed on leaves, fruit, and succulent vegetables, being often very destructive, Many of them are popularly called worms, as the cutworm, cankerworm, army worm, cotton worm, silkworm.
- n. A plant of the genus Scorpiurus, with pods resembling caterpillars.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Properly, the larva of a lepidopterous insect, but also applied to the larvæ of other insects, such as members of the family Tenthredinidœ, or saw-flies.
- n. A cockchafer.
- n. An envious person who does mischief without provocation.
- n. One who preys upon the substance of another; an extortioner.
- n. The popular name of plants of the genus Scorpiurus.
- n. The larva of an Australian lymantriid moth, Teara melanosticta, which forms in columns like the European Cnethocampa processionea.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a large tracked vehicle that is propelled by two endless metal belts; frequently used for moving earth in construction and farm work
- n. a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth
Middle English catirpel, catirpeller, probably alteration of Old North French *catepelose : cate, cat (from Latin cattus) + pelose, hairy (from Latin pilōsus; see pilose).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English catirpel, catirpeller, probably from Old Northern French catepelose (Modern French chat + pileux, "hairy cat"), from Late Latin cattus + pilōsus. (Wiktionary)