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geometrid

[jee-om-i-trid] /dʒiˈɒm ɪ trɪd/
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
1860-1865
1860-65; < New 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/
noun
1.
any moth of the family Geometridae, the larvae of which are called measuring worms, inchworms, or loopers
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Geometridae
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Geōmetridae, from Latin, from Greek geometrēs: land measurer, from the looping gait of the larvae
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