tent cater-pillar

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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tent caterpillar
 
n
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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