[ UK /kˈætəpˌɪlɐ/ ]
[ US /ˈkætəˌpɪɫɝ, ˈkætɝˌpɪɫɝ/ ]
  1. a large tracked vehicle that is propelled by two endless metal belts; frequently used for moving earth in construction and farm work
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How To Use Caterpillar In A Sentence

  • After feeding, caterpillars pupate in a chrysalis, then transform into beautiful butterflies.
  • The company doesn't anticipate any negative job impact at the Akashi plant, said Jim Dugan, a Caterpillar spokesman. Caterpillar Joins 'Onshoring' Trend
  • The so-called psyche or butterfly is generated from caterpillars which grow on green leaves, chiefly leaves of the raphanus, which some call crambe or cabbage. The History of Animals
  • She says that when a caterpillar encases itself in its cocoon, tiny cells called imaginal cells begin to appear within the chrysalis. Love For No Reason
  • At both sites where mortality was monitored, many emerging seedlings were killed in early spring by tortricid caterpillars, especially Clepsis melaleucana.
  • Silk moth cocoons are made of a layer of silk that the caterpillar exudes from glands in its mouth.
  • He convinced the Army that it was better served by letting Caterpillar continue to manufacture bulldozers and tractors.
  • I counted half a dozen chrysalises outside this morning, and those caterpillars may take months to complete the metamorphosis because of the cold weather, but because of the warm, cozy conditions this one's found, I expect it to emerge as a beautiful Gulf fritillary butterfly sometime within the next two weeks. Archive 2009-12-01
  • In future articles, we'll talk about plant chewing critters like beetles, caterpillars, borers, and the Leaf Cutter Bee.
  • Each time the caterpillar grows bigger, it sheds its skin in a process called molting.
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