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tent caterpillar


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

  • n. Any of several destructive caterpillars of the family Lasiocampidae, especially of the genus Malacosoma, whose colonies construct silken tentlike webs in the branches of trees.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A larva belonging to any of a number of species of moths of the genus Malacosoma, known for destructive infestation of trees in which the leaves are consumed and prominent, silken tent-like structures are constructed in the branches.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. any one of several species of gregarious caterpillars which construct on trees large silken webs into which they retreat when at rest. Some of the species are very destructive to fruit trees. The most common American species is the larva of a bombycid moth (Clisiocampa Americana). Called also lackery caterpillar, and webworm.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A webworm; the larva of either of two North American bombycid moths of the genus Clisiocampa, C. americana and C. sylvatica.

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

  • n. the larvae of moths that build and live in communal silken webs in orchard and shade trees


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