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Caterpillar hunterCaterpillar 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. (Zo["o]l.) 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
Caterpillar catcher, or Caterpillar eater (Zo["o]l.), a
bird belonging to the family of Shrikes, which feeds on
caterpillars. The name is also given to several other
Caterpillar hunter (Zo["o]l.), any species of beetles of
the genus Callosoma and other allied genera of the
family Carabid[ae] which feed habitually upon
caterpillars. Emmet hunterEmmet Em"met, n. [OE. emete, amete, AS. [ae]mete. See Ant.]
Emmet hunter (Zo["o]l.), the wryneck.
Head-hunter Head"-hunt`er, n.
A member of any tribe or race of savages who have the custom
of decapitating human beings and preserving their heads as
trophies. The Dyaks of Borneo are the most noted
HunterianHunterian Hun*te"ri*an, a.
Discovered or described by John Hunter, an English surgeon;
as, the Hunterian chancre. See Chancre. Legacy hunterLegacy Leg"a*cy (l[e^]g"[.a]*s[y^]), n.; pl. Legacies
(-s[i^]z). [L. (assumed) legatia, for legatum, from legare to
appoint by last will, to bequeath as a legacy, to depute: cf.
OF. legat legacy. See Legate.]
1. A gift of property by will, esp. of money or personal
property; a bequest. Also Fig.; as, a legacy of dishonor
2. A business with which one is intrusted by another; a
commission; -- obsolete, except in the phrases last
legacy, dying legacy, and the like.
My legacy and message wherefore I am sent into the
He came and told his legacy. --Chapman.
Legacy duty, a tax paid to government on legacies.
Legacy hunter, one who flatters and courts any one for the
sake of a legacy. Locust hunterLocust Lo"cust, n. [L. locusta locust, grasshopper. Cf.
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of long-winged,
migratory, orthopterous insects, of the family
Acridid[ae], allied to the grasshoppers; esp.,
(Edipoda, or Pachytylus, migratoria, and Acridium
perigrinum, of Southern Europe, Asia, and Africa. In the
United States the related species with similar habits are
usually called grasshoppers. See Grasshopper.
Note: These insects are at times so numerous in Africa and
the south of Asia as to devour every green thing; and
when they migrate, they fly in an immense cloud. In the
United States the harvest flies are improperly called
locusts. See Cicada.
Locust beetle (Zo["o]l.), a longicorn beetle (Cyllene
robini[ae]), which, in the larval state, bores holes in
the wood of the locust tree. Its color is brownish black,
barred with yellow. Called also locust borer.
Locust bird (Zo["o]l.) the rose-colored starling or pastor
of India. See Pastor.
Locust hunter (Zo["o]l.), an African bird; the beefeater.
2. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Bot.) The locust tree. See Locust
Tree (definition, note, and phrases).
Locust bean (Bot.), a commercial name for the sweet pod of
the carob tree. Moth hunterMoth Moth, n.; pl. Moths (m[o^]thz). [OE. mothe, AS.
mo[eth][eth]e; akin to D. mot, G. motte, Icel. motti, and
prob. to E. mad an earthworm. Cf. Mad, n., Mawk.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any nocturnal lepidopterous insect, or any not
included among the butterflies; as, the luna moth; Io
moth; hawk moth.
2. (Zo["o]l.) Any lepidopterous insect that feeds upon
garments, grain, etc.; as, the clothes moth; grain moth;
bee moth. See these terms under Clothes, Grain, etc.
3. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of various other insects that destroy
woolen and fur goods, etc., esp. the larv[ae] of several
species of beetles of the genera Dermestes and
Anthrenus. Carpet moths are often the larv[ae] of
Anthrenus. See Carpet beetle, under Carpet,
4. Anything which gradually and silently eats, consumes, or
wastes any other thing.
Moth blight (Zo["o]l.), any plant louse of the genus
Aleurodes, and related genera. They are injurious to
Moth gnat (Zo["o]l.), a dipterous insect of the genus
Bychoda, having fringed wings.
Moth hunter (Zo["o]l.), the goatsucker.
Moth miller (Zo["o]l.), a clothes moth. See Miller, 3,
Moth mullein (Bot.), a common herb of the genus Verbascum
(V. Blattaria), having large wheel-shaped yellow or
Shunter Shunt"er, n. (Railroad)
A person employed to shunt cars from one track to another.
Still-hunterStill-hunt Still"-hunt`, n.
A hunting for game in a quiet and cautious manner, or under
cover; stalking; hence, colloquially, the pursuit of any
object quietly and cautiously. -- Still"-hunt`er, n. --
Still"-hunt`ing, n. [U.S.] TufthunterTufthunter Tuft"hunt`er, n.
A hanger-on to noblemen, or persons of quality, especially in
English universities; a toady. See 1st Tuft, 3. [Cant,
Eng.] --Halliwell. Vanessa HunteraPainted Paint"ed, a.
1. Covered or adorned with paint; portrayed in colors.
As idle as a painted ship Upon a painted ocean.
2. (Nat. Hist.) Marked with bright colors; as, the painted
turtle; painted bunting.
Painted beauty (Zo["o]l.), a handsome American butterfly
(Vanessa Huntera), having a variety of bright colors,
Painted cup (Bot.), any plant of an American genus of herbs
(Castilleia) in which the bracts are usually
bright-colored and more showy than the flowers.
Castilleia coccinea has brilliantly scarlet bracts, and
is common in meadows.
Painted finch. See Nonpareil.
Painted lady (Zo["o]l.), a bright-colored butterfly. See
Painted turtle (Zo["o]l.), a common American freshwater
tortoise (Chrysemys picta), having bright red and yellow
Widow-hunter Wid"ow-hunt`er, n.
One who courts widows, seeking to marry one with a fortune.
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