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  1. the aquatic larva of a caddisfly, having an armored head and a pair of abdominal hooks, and typically living in a case built from sand or plant debris.
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Origin of caddisworm

1615–25; caddis (perhaps plural, taken as singular, of caddy, diminutive of cad larva, ghost) + worm
Also called caddis, caddice, strawworm.
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  • Life would be finer if we did not drag that caddisworm's house of the past behind us.

    John M. Synge: A Few Personal Recollections, with Biographical Notes

    John Masefield