Meaning of “caterpillar” in the English Dictionary

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"caterpillar" in British English

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caterpillarnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkæt.ə.pɪl.ər/ us /ˈkæt̬.ɚ.pɪl.ɚ/

a small, long animal with many legs that feeds on the leaves of plants, and develops into a butterfly or moth

(Definition of “caterpillar” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"caterpillar" in American English

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caterpillarnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkæt̬·əˌpɪl·ər, ˈkæt̬·ər-/

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)

(Definition of “caterpillar” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)