- belonging or pertaining to the family Geometridae, comprising slender-bodied, broad-winged moths, the larvae of which are called measuring worms.
- a geometrid moth.
Origin of geometrid
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As examples of special protective resemblance observe inch- or span-worms (larv of Geometrid moths).Elementary Zoology, Second Edition
Vernon L. Kellogg
Rivulet, riv′ū-let, n. a small stream, brook: a geometrid moth.
By some systematists this small group of moths is treated as a subfamily of the Geometrid.The Moths of the British Isles, Second Series
The Desmoscolecida move by looping their bodies like geometrid caterpillars or leeches, as well as by creeping on their setae.
Geometrid: larva which, when walking, alternately elevate and straighten the middle of their body: opposed to rectigrade; q.v.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
- any moth of the family Geometridae, the larvae of which are called measuring worms, inchworms, or loopers
- of, relating to, or belonging to the Geometridae
C19: from New Latin Geōmetridae, from Latin, from Greek geometrēs: land measurer, from the looping gait of the larvae
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