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inchworm

[inch-wurm] /ˈɪntʃˌwɜrm/
noun
Origin of inchworm
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65; inch1 + worm
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  • Like an inchworm it doubles itself up at intervals and then gradually stretches itself straight again.

    The World of H.G. Wells Van Wyck Brooks
British Dictionary definitions for inchworm

inchworm

/ˈɪntʃˌwɜːm/
noun
1.
another name for a measuring worm
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Word Origin and History for inchworm
n.

1844, American English, from inch (v.) + worm (n.). Other old names for it included loaper caterpiller and surveyor, all from its mode of progress.

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