American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A geometrid caterpillar that moves in alternate contractions and expansions suggestive of measuring. Also called inchworm, looper, spanworm.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The larva of any geometrid moth; a looper: so called from its mode of progression: same as geometer, 3. See cut under Cidaria.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Zoöl.) the larva of any geometrid moth. They are so called because they move by a process in which they first pull the rear legs forward toward their front legs, forming a loop which resembles the process of measuring with a tape measure. The motion is completed by subsequently moving the front legs forward to an advanced position. See Geometrid.
- n. small hairless caterpillar having legs on only its front and rear segments; mostly larvae of moths of the family Geometridae
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