One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A moth of a large family ("Geometridae"), distinguished by having twiglike caterpillars that move by arching and straightening the body.Also called geometer
- ‘Identification of most caterpillars was problematic so ecological groupings were used to create five subgroups: a bract-associated morphospecies, foliage-associated taxa, geometrids, and a lichen-associated morphospecies.’
- ‘There aren't very large numbers of macro moths, just a few noctuids, some small pyralids, and a handful of geometrids.’
- ‘All analysis is based on comparison of melanic and nonmelanic forms, without reference to genotype (the melanic forms in the two geometrids are dominant).’
Late 19th century: from modern Latin Geometridae (plural), from the genus name Geometra, from Greek geōmetrēs (see geometer).
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