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woolly worm

noun, Midland U.S.
Origin of woolly worm
An Americanism dating back to 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "You look just like a woolly worm, Helen," said Zaidee, gleefully.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
  • Of these, perhaps the best known is the brown “woolly worm” or “hedgehog caterpillar,” as it is familiarly called.

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