measuringworm

or meas·ur·ing worm

[ mezh-er-ing-wurm ]
/ ˈmɛʒ ər ɪŋˌwɜrm /

noun

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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Also called inchworm, looper, spanworm.

Origin of measuringworm

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; measuring + worm
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