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English noun: caterpillar

1. caterpillar (animal) a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth

Broader (hypernym)larva

Narrower (hyponym)army worm, armyworm, beet armyworm, bollworm, cabbageworm, cankerworm, corn borer, cutworm, fall armyworm, giant silkworm, inchworm, lappet caterpillar, looper, Manduca quinquemaculata, Manduca sexta, measuring worm, Phthorimaea operculella, Pieris rapae, potato tuberworm, potato worm, Pseudaletia unipuncta, Pyrausta nubilalis, silkworm, silkworm, Spodoptera exigua, Spodoptera frugiperda, tent caterpillar, tobacco hornworm, tomato hornworm, tomato worm, tussock caterpillar, webworm, wild wilkworm, woolly bear, woolly bear caterpillar

Member meronymLepidoptera, order Lepidoptera

2. Caterpillar (artifact) a large tracked vehicle that is propelled by two endless metal belts; frequently used for moving earth in construction and farm work


Broader (hypernym)tracked vehicle

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