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[inch-wurm] /ˈɪntʃˌwɜrm/
Origin of inchworm
1860-65; inch1 + worm Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inchworm
  • It is the sensation of a stunt pilot's turning barrel rolls, or an inchworm's blind rearing from a stem in search of a route.
  • The colors of this inchworm vary in the intensity of contrast between light and dark markings.
  • The camouflaged looper is a tiny inchworm that glues bits of flower to its back so it can better hide while feeding.
  • Cells crawl away in the same way that an inchworm moves.
British Dictionary definitions for inchworm


another name for a measuring worm
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Word Origin and History for inchworm

1844, American English, from inch (v.) + worm (n.). Other old names for it included loaper caterpiller and surveyor, all from its mode of progress.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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