from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any bombycid moth of the family Psychidæ, whose larva carries for protection a silken case to which bits of grass, leaves, or twigs are attached; a basket-worm. See cut under bag-worm.
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-- A sack-bearer; drags its house with it; feeds on seed-pods, 83; winter quarters of silk, 84.
For this petal-like tube, so commonly to be seen upon the little rush of our paths, is, in truth, a tiny silken case enclosing the body of a small larva -- a diminutive psychid, or sack-bearer, which I have not chanced to see described.