geometrid

geometrid

[jee-om-i-trid]
adjective
1.
belonging or pertaining to the family Geometridae, comprising slender-bodied, broad-winged moths, the larvae of which are called measuring worms.
noun
2.
a geometrid moth.

Origin:
1860–65; < Neo-Latin Geometridae, equivalent to Geometr(a) a genus name (see geometer; so called because the larva seems to measure the ground with its looping motion) + -idae -id2

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geometrid (dʒɪˈɒmɪtrɪd)
 
n
1.  any moth of the family Geometridae, the larvae of which are called measuring worms, inchworms, or loopers
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, or belonging to the Geometridae
 
[C19: from New Latin Geōmetridae, from Latin, from Greek geometrēs: land measurer, from the looping gait of the larvae]

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