Caterpillar catcher, orCaterpillar eater(Zoöl.), a bird belonging to the family of Shrikes, which feeds on caterpillars. The name is also given to several other birds.Caterpillar hunter(Zoöl.), any species of beetles of the genus Callosoma and other allied genera of the family Carabidæ which feed habitually upon caterpillars.

(Cat"er*waul) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Caterwauled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Caterwauling.] [Cat + waul, wawl, to cry as a cat.] To cry as cats in rutting time; to make a harsh, offensive noise. Coleridge.

(Cat"er*waul), n. A caterwauling.

(Cat"er*waul`ing), n. The cry of cats; a harsh, disagreeable noise or cry like the cry of cats. Shak.

(Ca"ter*y) n. [See Cater, n.] The place where provisions are deposited. [Obs.]

(Cates) n. pl. [Cf. Acates, and see Cater, n.] Provisions; food; viands; especially, luxurious food; delicacies; dainties. Shak.

Cates for which Apicius could not pay.

Choicest cates and the fiagon's best spilth.
R. Browning.

(Cat"-eyed`) a. Having eyes like a cat; hence, able to see in the dark.

(Cat"fall`) n. (Naut.) A rope used in hoisting the anchor to the cathead. Totten.

(Cat"fish`) n. (Zoöl.) A name given in the United States to various species of siluroid fishes; as, the yellow cat (Amiurus natalis); the bind cat (Gronias nigrilabrus); the mud cat (Pilodictic oilwaris), the stone cat (Noturus flavus); the sea cat etc. This name is also sometimes applied to the wolf fish. See Bullhrad.

Cateran to Cat-salt

(Cat"e*ran) n. [Gael. ceatharnach. Cf. Kern Irish foot soldier.] A Highland robber: a kind of irregular soldier. [Scot.] Sir W. Scott.

(Ca"ter-cor`nered) a. [Cf. Cater to cut diagonally.] Diagonal. [Colloq.]

(Ca"ter-cous`in) n. A remote relation. See Quater-cousin. Shak.

(Ca"ter*er) n. One who caters.

The little fowls in the air have God for Their provider and caterer.

(Ca"ter*ess), n. A woman who caters. Milton.

(Cat"er*pil`lar) n. [OE. catyrpel, corrupted fr. OF. chatepelouse, or cate pelue, fr. chate, F. chatte, she-cat, fem. of chat, L. catus + L. pilosus hairy, or F. pelu hairy, fr. L. pilus hair. See Cat, and Pile hair.]

1. (Zoöl.) The larval state of a butterfly or any lepidopterous insect; sometimes, but less commonly, the larval state of other insects, as the sawflies, which are also called false caterpillars. The true caterpillars have three pairs of true legs, and several pairs of abdominal fleshy legs (prolegs) armed with hooks. Some are hairy, others naked. They usually feed on leaves, fruit, and succulent vegetables, being often very destructive, Many of them are popularly called worms, as the cutworm, cankerworm, army worm, cotton worm, silkworm.

2. (Bot.) A plant of the genus Scorpiurus, with pods resembling caterpillars.

  By PanEris using Melati.

Previous chapter Back Home Email this Search Discuss Bookmark Next chapter/page
Copyright: All texts on Bibliomania are © Ltd, and may not be reproduced in any form without our written permission. See our FAQ for more details.