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Definition of caterpillar noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



, NAmE//ˈkæt̮ərˌpɪlər//
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a small creature like a worm with legs, that develops into a butterfly or moth (= flying insects with large, sometimes brightly colored, wings). Caterpillars eat the leaves of plants.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: caterpillar

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