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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 of tent caterpillar
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism
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  • My trees are troubled with canker-worm, tent-caterpillar, bud moth, and flathead borer.

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  • Trees are troubled with tent-caterpillar; some worm affects my apples.

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  • Trees are troubled with tent-caterpillar and flathead borer.

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  • His trees are troubled with tent-caterpillar, flat-headed borer, and leaf-roller, which do little damage.

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  • Trees are troubled with canker-worm, tent-caterpillar, and borers; and my apples with worms.

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British Dictionary definitions for 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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