Caterpillar vs Silkworm - What's the difference?

caterpillar | silkworm |


As nouns the difference between caterpillar and silkworm

is that caterpillar is the larva of a butterfly or moth; leafworm while silkworm is any of various caterpillars of moths that produce silk cocoons, especially bombyx mori , the source of most commercial silk.

caterpillar

Alternative forms

* caterpiller (archaic)

Noun

(en noun)
  • The larva of a butterfly or moth; leafworm.
  • The bird just ate that green caterpillar .
  • A vehicle with a caterpillar track; a crawler.
  • Synonyms
    * (moth or butterfly larva)
    Derived terms
    * caterpillar catcher * caterpillar eater * caterpillar hunter * caterpillar track * tent caterpillar

    See also

    * pillar

    silkworm

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Any of various caterpillars of moths that produce silk cocoons, especially Bombyx mori , the source of most commercial silk.