caddis

caddis
a) The larva of a caddice fly that generally live in cylindrical cases, open at each end, and covered externally with debris.
b) A rough woolen cloth; caddice

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  • Caddis — Cad dis, n. [OE. caddas, Scot. caddis lint, caddes a kind of woolen cloth, cf. Gael. cada, cadadh, a kind of cloth, cotton, fustian, W. cadas, F. cadis.] A kind of worsted lace or ribbon. Caddises, cambrics, lawns. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • caddis — (also caddis fly) ► NOUN ▪ a small moth like insect having aquatic larvae that build protective cases of sticks, stones, etc. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • caddis — caddis1 [kad′is] n. [ME & OFr cadas, floss silk; confused with Fr cadis, coarse serge, after CADIZ (? where made)] 1. a coarse woolen material; worsted yarn 2. a worsted ribbon caddis2 [kad′is] n. CADDIS WORM …   English World dictionary

  • caddis — larva of the May fly, 1650s, of unknown origin, perhaps a dim. of some sense of CAD (Cf. cad) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Caddis — Caddice Cad dice, Caddis Cad dis, n. [Prov. E. caddy, cadew; cf. G. k[ o]der bait.] (Zo[ o]l.) The larva of a caddice fly. These larv[ae] generally live in cylindrical cases, open at each end, and covered externally with pieces of broken shells,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • caddis — I. noun also caddice Etymology: Middle English cadas cotton wool, from Anglo French cadaz, from Old Occitan cadarz Date: 1530 worsted yarn; specifically a worsted ribbon or binding formerly used for garters and girdles II. noun Date: 1651… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • caddis — [ kadɪs] (also caddis fly) noun a small moth like insect of an order having aquatic larvae that build protective cases of sticks, stones, etc. [Order Trichoptera.] Origin C17: of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

  • caddis fly — n. any of an order (Trichoptera) of small, mothlike insects with a soft body, long antennae and legs, and two pairs of hairy, membranous wings * * * Any member of about 7,000 species of mothlike aquatic insects (order Trichoptera) found worldwide …   Universalium

  • caddis worm — caddis worm, the larva of a caddis fly, very important as fish food and used as bait in fishing. Also, caddis, caddice …   Useful english dictionary

  • caddis fly — caddis fly, caddisfly caddisfly . same as {caddice fly}. Syn: caddice fly, caddicefly. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • caddis worm — n. 〚< OFr cadas, floss silk (with reference to the case)〛 the wormlike larva of the caddis fly that usually lives in fresh water in an elongated case made of twigs, grains of sand, etc. cemented together with silk that it secretes: commonly used… …   Universalium

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