caterpillar
caterpillar mid-15c., catyrpel, probably altered (by association with M.E. piller "plunderer;" see PILLAGE (Cf. pillage)) from O.N.Fr. caterpilose (O.Fr. chatepelose), lit. "hairy cat" (probably in ref. to the "wooly-bear" variety), from L.L. catta "cat" + pilosus "hair." A Swiss Ger. name for it is teufelskatz "devil's cat." Caterpillar tractor is from 1908.

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