Definition of Measuring worm

1. Noun. Small hairless caterpillar having legs on only its front and rear segments; mostly larvae of moths of the family Geometridae.

Exact synonyms: Inchworm, Looper
Generic synonyms: Caterpillar

Definition of Measuring worm

1. Noun. The larva of a moth of the family Geometridae. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Measuring Worm

measures of central tendency
measures of location
measuring block
measuring cup
measuring device
measuring instrument
measuring jug
measuring rod
measuring stick
measuring system
measuring tape
measuring unit
measuring worm (current term)
measuring worms
meat-packing business
meat-packing industry
meat and potatoes
meat cleaver
meat counter

Literary usage of Measuring worm

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1. Butterflies and Bees: The Insect Folk : Volume II by Margaret Warner Morley (1905)
"THE measuring worm What is little Nell looking at so carefully? She has a Measuring worm on her finger. May thinks it should be called a " measuring ..."

2. Math Centers: Take It to Your Seat, Grades 1-3 by Jill Norris (2002)
"Prepare the measuring worm shoebox following the directions on page 79. 2. ... Place a supply of the answer forms on page 108 in the measuring worm shoebox. ..."

3. The Popular Science Monthly (1874)
"For several years the measuring- worm preyed on the leaves of the trees in ... As long as the measuring-worm was left unmolested, the caterpillar, ..."

4. The Folk-lore Record by Folklore Society (Great Britain) (1882)
"What all the great animals of the forest could not do the despised measuring-worm accomplished simply by patience and perseverance. ..."

5. Little Folks in Feathers and Fur, and Others in Neither by Olive Thorne Miller, Hildibrand, A. Mesnel, Ecosse, E.P. Dutton (Firm)., J.J. Little & Co (1880)
"It is called the measuring worm. I dare say you've often seen it. ... Well, one day in church, she cl anced to get a sight of a measuring worm. ..."

6. Animal and Plant Lore: Collected from the Oral Tradition of English Speaking by Fanny Dickerson Bergen (1899)
"When a " measuring worm " travels over you, it indicates that you are getting ... If a "measuring worm" gets on your dress, you will be sure to have a new ..."

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