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 for Cotton worm
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cotton \Cot"ton\ (k[o^]t"t'n), n. [F. coton, Sp. algodon the
     cotton plant and its wool, coton printed cotton, cloth, fr.
     Ar. qutun, alqutun, cotton wool. Cf. Acton, Hacqueton.]
     1. A soft, downy substance, resembling fine wool, consisting
        of the unicellular twisted hairs which grow on the seeds
        of the cotton plant. Long-staple cotton has a fiber
        sometimes almost two inches long; short-staple, from two
        thirds of an inch to an inch and a half.
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     2. The cotton plant. See Cotten plant, below.
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     3. Cloth made of cotton.
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     Note: Cotton is used as an adjective before many nouns in a
           sense which commonly needs no explanation; as, cotton
           bagging; cotton cloth; cotton goods; cotton industry;
           cotton mill; cotton spinning; cotton tick.
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     Cotton cambric. See Cambric, n., 2.
  
     Cotton flannel, the manufactures' name for a heavy cotton
        fabric, twilled, and with a long plush nap. In England it
        is called swan's-down cotton, or Canton flannel.
  
     Cotton gin, a machine to separate the seeds from cotton,
        invented by Eli Whitney.
  
     Cotton+grass+(Bot.),+a+genus+of+plants+({Eriphorum">Cotton grass (Bot.), a genus of plants ({Eriphorum) of the
        Sedge family, having delicate capillary bristles
        surrounding the fruit (seedlike achenia), which elongate
        at maturity and resemble tufts of cotton.
  
     Cotton mouse (Zool.), a field mouse ({Hesperomys
        gossypinus), injurious to cotton crops.
  
     Cotton plant (Bot.), a plant of the genus Gossypium, of
        several species, all growing in warm climates, and bearing
        the cotton of commerce. The common species, originally
        Asiatic, is Gossypium herbaceum.
  
     Cotton press, a building and machinery in which cotton
        bales are compressed into smaller bulk for shipment; a
        press for baling cotton.
  
     Cotton+rose+(Bot.),+a+genus+of+composite+herbs+({Filago">Cotton rose (Bot.), a genus of composite herbs ({Filago),
        covered with a white substance resembling cotton.
  
     Cotton scale (Zool.), a species of bark louse ({Pulvinaria
        innumerabilis), which does great damage to the cotton
        plant.
  
     Cotton shrub. Same as Cotton plant.
  
     Cotton stainer (Zool.), a species of hemipterous insect
        ({Dysdercus suturellus), which seriously damages growing
        cotton by staining it; -- called also redbug.
  
     Cotton thistle (Bot.), the Scotch thistle. See under
        Thistle.
  
     Cotton velvet, velvet in which the warp and woof are both
        of cotton, and the pile is of silk; also, velvet made
        wholly of cotton.
  
     Cotton waste, the refuse of cotton mills.
  
     Cotton wool, cotton in its raw or woolly state.
  
     Cotton worm (Zool.), a lepidopterous insect ({Aletia
        argillacea), which in the larval state does great damage
        to the cotton plant by eating the leaves. It also feeds on
        corn, etc., and hence is often called corn worm, and
        Southern army worm.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Caterpillar \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. (Zool.) 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.
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     2. (Bot.) A plant of the genus Scorpiurus, with pods
        resembling caterpillars.
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     Caterpillar catcher, or Caterpillar eater (Zool.), a bird
        belonging to the family of Shrikes, which feeds on
        caterpillars. The name is also given to several other
        birds.
  
     Caterpillar hunter (Zool.), any species of beetles of the
        genus Callosoma and other allied genera of the family
        Carabid[ae] which feed habitually upon caterpillars.
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