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measuringworm

or meas·ur·ing worm

[mezh-er-ing-wurm]
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noun
  1. the larva of any geometrid moth, which progresses by bringing the rear end of the body forward and then advancing the front end.

Origin of measuringworm

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; measuring + worm
Also called inchworm, looper, spanworm.
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British Dictionary definitions for measuring worm

measuring worm

noun
  1. the larva of a geometrid moth: it has legs on its front and rear segments only and moves in a series of loopsAlso called: looper, inchworm
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