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caterpillar

noun [C]  /ˈkæt̬·əˌpɪl·ər, ˈkæt̬·ər-/ us  
a small animal with a narrow body and many legs, and which feeds on the leaves of plants and later develops into a butterfly or moth (= flying insect)
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