Definition of 'caterpillar'
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Example sentences containing 'caterpillar'
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They spoke of tea and other such matters of consequence and shook their heads at the caterpillar of caravans advancing up the valley. THE MANANA MAN (2002)SAVE OUR SCHOOLS, the caterpillar chanted, swaying, growing, full of life. LOST CHILDREN (2002)
How Siena's divided into districts and each has its special name for the race: eagle district, giraffe, caterpillar, goose. FROM THE TEETH OF ANGELS (2002)
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Translations for 'caterpillar'
British English: caterpillar /ˈkætəˌpɪlə/ NOUN
A caterpillar is a small worm-like animal that eventually develops into a butterfly or moth.
- American English: caterpillar
- Arabic: يُسْروع
- Brazilian Portuguese: lagarta
- Chinese: 毛虫
- Croatian: gusjenica
- Czech: housenka
- Danish: kålorm
- Dutch: rups
- European Spanish: oruga
- Finnish: toukka
- French: chenille
- German: Raupe
- Greek: κάμπια
- Italian: bruco
- Japanese: イモムシ
- Korean: 애벌레
- Norwegian: kålorm
- Polish: gąsienica
- European Portuguese: lagarta
- Romanian: omidă
- Russian: гусеница
- Spanish: oruga
- Swedish: fjärilslarv
- Thai: หนอนผีเสื้อ
- Turkish: tırtıl
- Ukrainian: гусениця
- Vietnamese: sâu bướm
Definition of caterpillar from the Collins English Dictionary
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