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

  Scorpion \Scor"pi*on\, n. [F., fr. L. scorpio, scorpius, Gr. ?,
     perhaps akin to E. sharp.]
     1. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of pulmonate arachnids
        of the order Scorpiones, having a suctorial mouth, large
        claw-bearing palpi, and a caudal sting.
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     Note: Scorpions have a flattened body, and a long, slender
           post-abdomen formed of six movable segments, the last
           of which terminates in a curved venomous sting. The
           venom causes great pain, but is unattended either with
           redness or swelling, except in the axillary or inguinal
           glands, when an extremity is affected. It is seldom if
           ever destructive of life. Scorpions are found widely
           dispersed in the warm climates of both the Old and New
           Worlds.
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     2. (Zool.) The pine or gray lizard ({Sceloporus undulatus).
        [Local, U. S.]
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     3. (Zool.) The scorpene.
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     4. (Script.) A painful scourge.
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              My father hath chastised you with whips, but I will
              chastise you with scorpions.          --1 Kings xii.
                                                    11.
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     5. (Astron.) A sign and constellation. See Scorpio.
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     6. (Antiq.) An ancient military engine for hurling stones and
        other missiles.
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     Book scorpion. (Zool.) See under Book.
  
     False scorpion. (Zool.) See under False, and Book
        scorpion.
  
     Scorpion bug, or Water scorpion (Zool.) See Nepa.
  
     Scorpion fly (Zool.), a neuropterous insect of the genus
        Panorpa. See Panorpid.
  
     Scorpion grass (Bot.), a plant of the genus Myosotis.
        Myosotis palustris is the forget-me-not.
  
     Scorpion senna (Bot.), a yellow-flowered leguminous shrub
        ({Coronilla Emerus) having a slender joined pod, like a
        scorpion's tail. The leaves are said to yield a dye like
        indigo, and to be used sometimes to adulterate senna.
  
     Scorpion shell (Zool.), any shell of the genus Pteroceras.
        See Pteroceras.
  
     Scorpion spiders. (Zool.), any one of the Pedipalpi.
  
     Scorpion's tail (Bot.), any plant of the leguminous genus
        Scorpiurus, herbs with a circinately coiled pod; -- also
        called caterpillar.
  
     Scorpion's thorn (Bot.), a thorny leguminous plant
        ({Genista Scorpius) of Southern Europe.
  
     The Scorpion's Heart (Astron.), the star Antares in the
        constellation Scorpio.
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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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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  caterpillar
      n 1: a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny
           larva of a butterfly or moth
      2: a large tracked vehicle that is propelled by two endless
         metal belts; frequently used for moving earth in construction
         and farm work [syn: Caterpillar, cat]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  30 Moby Thesaurus words for "caterpillar":
     arachnid, arthropod, aurelia, beetle, bug, centipede, chilopod,
     chrysalis, cocoon, daddy longlegs, diplopod, fly, grub, harvestman,
     hexapod, insect, larva, maggot, millepede, millipede, mite, nymph,
     nympha, pupa, scorpion, spider, tarantula, tick, wiggler,
     wriggler
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Caterpillar
     the consumer. Used in the Old Testament (1 Kings 8:37; 2 Chr.
     6:28; Ps. 78:46; Isa. 33:4) as the translation of a word (hasil)
     the root of which means "to devour" or "consume," and which is
     used also with reference to the locust in Deut. 28:38. It may
     have been a species of locust, or the name of one of the
     transformations through which the locust passes, locust-grub. It
     is also found (Ps. 105:34; Jer. 51:14, 27; R.V., "cankerworm")
     as the rendering of a different Hebrew word, _yelek_, a word
     elsewhere rendered "cankerworm" (q.v.), Joel 1:4; 2:25. (See LOCUST.)
     

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