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or measuring worm

[mezh-er-ing-wurm] /ˈmɛʒ ər ɪŋˌwɜrm/
the larva of any geometrid moth, which progresses by bringing the rear end of the body forward and then advancing the front end.
Also called inchworm, looper, spanworm.
Origin of measuringworm
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45; measuring + worm Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Therefore the rock is called Tutokanula, the measuring worm.

  • Perhaps the measuring worm will teach him to walk as the Worms of his family do.

    Among the Meadow People Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • And therefore the rock was named for the measuring worm, and was called Tu-tok-a-nu´-la.

  • The Little Doctor watched a pale green "measuring worm" loop its way hurriedly along the floor of the porch.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • After a hard fight, in the course of which I was stung twice, I unseated the trio and took the measuring worm away from them.

    Jungle Peace William Beebe
  • The measuring worm was good-natured, and only said that he found his head useful where it was.

    Among the Meadow People Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • By and by he took a few more leaps and passed the measuring worm again.

    Among the Meadow People Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • So the measuring worm made his way slowly to the rock, and began to climb.

  • A traditional serpent described as moving by jerks like a measuring worm, to which also the name is applied.

    Myths of the Cherokee James Mooney
  • Just at this minute the measuring worm had a funny idea, and he wondered if the Caterpillars would be foolish enough to copy him.

    Among the Meadow People Clara Dillingham Pierson
British Dictionary definitions for measuring worm

measuring worm

the larva of a geometrid moth: it has legs on its front and rear segments only and moves in a series of loops Also called looper, inchworm
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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