or meas·ur·ing worm
[ mezh-er-ing-wurm ]
/ ˈmɛʒ ər ɪŋˌwɜrm /
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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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Therefore the rock is called Tutokanula, the measuring worm.Myths and Legends of California and the Old Southwest|Katharine Berry Judson
A brown measuring-worm was measuring the lady for garments she needed but would never wear.Bizarre|Lawton Mackall
In walking, they bring the hind feet up to the front ones, doubling the body into a loop like the canker- or measuring-worm.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide|Augusta Foote Arnold
A traditional serpent described as moving by jerks like a measuring worm, to which also the name is applied.Myths of the Cherokee|James Mooney
Just at this minute the Measuring Worm had a funny idea, and he wondered if the Caterpillars would be foolish enough to copy him.Among the Meadow People|Clara Dillingham Pierson
British Dictionary definitions for measuringworm
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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