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forest tent caterpillar

noun
1.
See under tent caterpillar.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism

tent caterpillar

noun
1.
any of the larvae of several moths of the genus Malacosoma, which feed on the leaves of orchard and shade trees and live colonially in a tentlike silken web.
2.
the North American larva of M. disstria (forest tent caterpillar) which spins a dense net.
Origin
1850-55, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for forest tent caterpillar

tent caterpillar

noun
1.
the larva of various moths of the family Lasiocampidae, esp Malacosoma americana of North America, which build communal webs in trees
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