Part of speech: noun

The larva of a butterfly, moth, or the like.

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Usage examples "caterpillar":

  1. The man was in despair, and had near him a caterpillar, a butterfly, a peacock, a horse, a fox, and an ape. - "A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 7 (of 10) From "The Works of Voltaire - A Contemporary Version"", Fran├žois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire) Commentator: John Morley Tobias Smollett H.G. Leigh.
  2. The caterpillar or wheel belts on the big guns consist of flat blocks, or shoes, wider than the tires of the wheels. - "Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights", Kelly Miller.
  3. He coaxed it to take an additional walk over his finger, which it did with the greatest dignity and decorum, as if it, Mr. Caterpillar, were the most important individual in existence. - "The Little Lame Prince And: The Invisible Prince; Prince Cherry; The Prince With The Nose The Frog-Prince; Clever Alice", Miss Mulock--Pseudonym of Maria Dinah Craik.