or meas·ur·ing 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.


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Origin of measuringworm

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; measuring + worm
Also called inchworm, looper, spanworm. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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 loopsAlso called: looper, inchworm
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