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Topic: INSECTS

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old North French
Origin: catepelose 'hairy cat, caterpillar'

caterpillar

noun
     
caterpillar
cat‧er‧pil‧lar [countable]
HBI a small creature like a worm with many legs that eats leaves and that develops into a butterfly or other flying insect
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