Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various moths of the family Lasiocampidae, whose larvae often construct tentlike webs among the branches of trees.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who gathers eggs.
  • n. Any of various species of moth, especially the oak egger-moth, Bombyx quercus.
  • n. One who eggs or incites.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who gathers eggs; an eggler.
  • n. One who eggs or incites.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who makes a business of collecting eggs, as of birds or turtles.
  • n. One who eggs, urges, or incites: usually with on.
  • n. In entomology, a reddish-brown moth of either of the genera Lasiocampa and Eriogaster: as, the oak-egger, L. quercus; the grass-egger, L. trifolii; the small egger, E. lacustris.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. moth having nonfunctional mouthparts as adults; larvae feed on tree foliage and spin egg-shaped cocoons

Etymologies

From the shape of its cocoon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From egg +‎ -er. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The egger missed his target, and was promptly hired by the Cubs.

    Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points [146] -- Clowning Around

  • Though he has not get the chance to get educated, he is very much egger to educate his children.

    Sand digger: Abdul Barek Mir

  • The chance that a ham and egger day is right around the corner and you might remember to bring your camera with you.

    outfoxed Diary Entry

  • I know it was a beautifully sunny and warm day, a day the old timers might call a “real ham and egger” day.

    outfoxed Diary Entry

  • Then I called Fotis and sayd, Behold how Bacchus the egger and stirrer of Venery, doth offer him self of his owne accord, let us therefore drink up this wine, that we may prepare our selves and get us courage against soone, for Venus wanteth no other provision than this, that the Lamp may be all the night replenished with oyle, and the cups with wine.

    The Golden Asse

  • There can be no doubt, I think, that they egged each other on, but I myself should find it hard to say which was egger-on and which the egged.

    In a Green Shade A Country Commentary

  • The gulls, whose season of breeding is soon past, are extravagantly fond of murre eggs; and these rapacious birds follow the egg-gatherers, hover over their heads, and no sooner is a murre's nest uncovered than the bird swoops down, and the egger must be extremely quick, or the gull will snatch the prize from under his nose.

    Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands

  • But if the gull gets an egg, he flies up with it, and, tossing it up, swallows what he can catch, letting the shell and half its contents fall in a shower upon the luckless and disappointed egger below.

    Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands

  • The egger therefore stuffs the eggs into his shirt bosom until he has as many as he can safely carry, then clambers over rocks and down precipices until he comes to a place of deposit, where he puts them into baskets, to be carried down to the shore, where there are houses for receiving them.

    Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands

  • The little coch-a-bonddhu palmer, so killing upon moor streams, may probably be taken for young larvae of the fox and oak-egger moths, abundant on all moors, upon trefoils, and other common plants; but the lowland caterpillars are so abundant and so various in colour that trout must be good entomologists to distinguish them.

    Prose Idylls, New and Old

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