Origin of caterpillar
Definition for caterpillar (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for caterpillar
Nearby, a yellow Caterpillar excavator sits idle next to an opening that once led into a cross-border tunnel.How Mexico’s Cartels Are Behind the Border Kid Crisis|Caitlin Dickson|July 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her father worked for Caterpillar and was a member of the United Auto Workers.Could a Pro-Pot Lesbian Become the Next Governor of Maryland?|Jim Newell|March 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Caterpillar notched record profits in 2012 and then in early 2013 bludgeoned its unions into accepting a six-year wage freeze.
“I always try to communicate to our people that we can never make enough money,” as Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman put it.
May I recommend the one featuring a picture of the dome from The Dome of the Rock being demolished by a Caterpillar bulldozer?
Sometimes bright red spots appear on the sides in some examples of the caterpillar.The Moths of the British Isles, First Series|Richard South
The ichneumon pierces the body of a caterpillar and lays her eggs where the grubs will find abundant animal food.
Poiret claimed that it was a spider, the teacher, thought it might be a caterpillar.Original Short Stories, Volume 11 (of 13)|Guy de Maupassant
She picks up the caterpillar, brings it to the mouth of the burrow and lays it down.A Book of Natural History|Various
"You'll get used to it in time," said the Caterpillar; and it put the hookah into its mouth and began smoking again.The Worlds Greatest Books|Arthur Mee, J. A. Hammerton, Eds.
British Dictionary definitions for caterpillar (1 of 2)
Word Origin for caterpillar
British Dictionary definitions for caterpillar (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for caterpillar
mid-15c., catyrpel, probably altered (by association with Middle English piller "plunderer;" see pillage) from Old North French caterpilose "caterpillar" (Old French chatepelose), literally "shaggy cat" (probably in reference to the "wooly-bear" variety), from Late Latin catta pilosa, from catta "cat" (see cat (n.)) + pilosus "hairy, shaggy, covered with hair," from pilus "hair" (see pile (n.3)). Cf. also French chenille "caterpillar," literally "little dog." A Swiss German name for it is teufelskatz "devil's cat." "The caterpillar has in many idioms received the name of other animals" [Kitchin, who cites also Milanese cagnon "little dog," Italian dialectal gattola "little cat," Kentish hop-dog, hop-cat, Portuguese lagarta "lizard." Cf. also American English wooly-bear for the hairy variety. An Old English name for it was cawelworm "cole-worm." Caterpillar tractor is from 1908.