As nouns the difference between caterpillar and cankerworm
is that caterpillar
is the larva of a butterfly or moth; leafworm while cankerworm
is either of two caterpillars, the larvae of geometrid moths, that are destructive to fruit, buds and leaves.
* caterpiller (archaic)
The larva of a butterfly or moth; leafworm.
A vehicle with a caterpillar track; a crawler.
- The bird just ate that green caterpillar .
* (moth or butterfly larva)
* caterpillar catcher
* caterpillar eater
* caterpillar hunter
* caterpillar track
* tent caterpillar
Either of two caterpillars, the larvae of geometrid moths, that are destructive to fruit, buds and leaves.
(figurative) A corrupting or destructive force.
*1596 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , IV.2:
*:O cursed Eld the cankerworme of writs, / How may these rimes, so rude as doth appeare, / Hope to endure, sith workes of heauenly wits / Are quite deuourd, and brought to nought by little bits?