caddisworm

noun
larva of the caddis fly; constructs a case of silk covered with sand or plant debris
Syn: ↑strawworm
Hypernyms: ↑caseworm
Member Holonyms: ↑Trichoptera, ↑order Trichoptera

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\\ˈkadə̇ˌswərm, -wə̄m\ noun
Etymology: probably alteration of obsolete cadworm, alteration of codworm
: the wormlike aquatic larva of a caddis fly that is often used as bait and lives in and carries around a cylindrical sometimes spiral case of silk covered externally with pieces of shell, fine gravel, wood, or straw

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/kad"is werrm'/, n.
the aquatic larva of a caddisfly, having an armored head and a pair of abdominal hooks, and typically living in a case built from sand or plant debris. Also called caddis, caddice, strawworm.
[1615-25; caddis (perh. pl., taken as sing., of caddy, dim. of cad larva, ghost) + WORM]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • caddisworm — noun Etymology: probably alteration of obsolete codworm; from the case or tube in which it lives Date: 1622 the larva of a caddis fly that lives in and carries around a silken case covered with bits of debris …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • caddisworm — /kad is werrm /, n. the aquatic larva of a caddisfly, having an armored head and a pair of abdominal hooks, and typically living in a case built from sand or plant debris. Also called caddis, caddice, strawworm. [1615 25; caddis (perh. pl., taken …   Universalium

  • caddisworm — cad·dis·worm …   English syllables

  • caddisworm — cad•dis•worm [[t]ˈkæd ɪsˌwɜrm[/t]] n. ent the aquatic larva of a caddisfly, having an armored head and a pair of abdominal hooks, and typically living in a case built from sand or plant debris • Etymology: 1615–25; caddis (perh. pl., taken as… …   From formal English to slang

  • caseworm — noun insect larva that constructs a protective case around its body • Hypernyms: ↑larva • Hyponyms: ↑caddisworm, ↑strawworm * * * ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: case (II) + worm …   Useful english dictionary

  • strawworm — noun 1. larva of the caddis fly; constructs a case of silk covered with sand or plant debris • Syn: ↑caddisworm • Hypernyms: ↑caseworm • Member Holonyms: ↑Trichoptera, ↑order Trichoptera 2. larva of chalcid flies injurious …   Useful english dictionary

  • caddisfly — /kad is fluy /, n., pl. caddisflies. any of numerous aquatic insects constituting the order Trichoptera, having two pairs of membranous, often hairy wings and superficially resembling moths. Also, caddicefly. Cf. caddisworm. [1780 90; see… …   Universalium

  • caddisfly — /kad is fluy /, n., pl. caddisflies. any of numerous aquatic insects constituting the order Trichoptera, having two pairs of membranous, often hairy wings and superficially resembling moths. Also, caddicefly. Cf. caddisworm. [1780 90; see… …   Useful english dictionary

  • caddis fly — noun Date: 1787 any of an order (Trichoptera) of insects with four membranous usually hairy wings, vestigial mouthparts, slender many jointed antennae, and aquatic larvae compare caddisworm …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • caddis — I. noun also caddice Etymology: Middle English cadas cotton wool, from Anglo French cadaz, from Old Occitan cadarz Date: 1530 worsted yarn; specifically a worsted ribbon or binding formerly used for garters and girdles II. noun Date: 1651… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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