|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
The consumer. Used in the Old Testament (1 Kings 8:37; 2 Chronicles 6:28; Psalm 78:46; Isaiah 33:4) as the translation of a word (hasil) the root of which means "to devour" or "consume," and which is used also with reference to the locust in Deuteronomy 28:38. It may have been a species of locust, or the name of one of the transformations through which the locust passes, locust-grub. It is also found (Psalm 105:34; Jeremiah 51:14, 27; R.V., "cankerworm") as the rendering of a different Hebrew word, yelek, a word elsewhere rendered "cankerworm" (q.v.), Joel 1:4; 2:25. (see LOCUST.)
Noah Webster's Dictionary
1. (n.) 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. (n.) A plant of the genus Scorpiurus, with pods resembling caterpillars.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
kat'-er-pil-er (chacil (Psalm 78:46 Joel 1:4, etc.); yeleq (Psalm 105:34 the King James Version, the American Standard Revised Version "grasshopper"; Jeremiah 51:14, 27 the King James Version; elsewhere "canker-worm")): A name given to a larval stage of the LOCUST (which see).
Caterpillar (6 Occurrences)
1 Kings 8:37 "If there is famine in the land, if there is pestilence, if there is blight, mildew, locust or caterpillar; if their enemy besieges them in the land of their cities; whatever plague, whatever sickness there is; (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV)
2 Chronicles 6:28 If there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence, if there is blight or mildew, locust or caterpillar; if their enemies besiege them in the land of their cities; whatever plague or whatever sickness there be; (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV)
Psalms 78:46 He gave also their increase to the caterpillar, and their labor to the locust. (WEB JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV)
Isaiah 33:4 Your spoil will be gathered as the caterpillar gathers. Men will leap on it as locusts leap. (WEB JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Joel 1:4 What the swarming locust has left, the great locust has eaten. What the great locust has left, the grasshopper has eaten. What the grasshopper has left, the caterpillar has eaten. (WEB ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Joel 2:25 I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the great locust, the grasshopper, and the caterpillar, my great army, which I sent among you. (WEB ASV DBY WBS YLT)