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A caterpillar of a geometrid moth that moves by looping the body in alternate contractions and expansions. Also called looper, measuring worm, spanworm.
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(Animals) another name for a measuring worm
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or meas′uring worm`,
a geometrid moth larva that progresses by bringing the rear end of the body forward and then advancing the front end.Also called inchworm.
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|Noun||1.||inchworm - small hairless caterpillar having legs on only its front and rear segments; mostly larvae of moths of the family Geometridae|
caterpillar - a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth
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