how to pronounce caterpillar


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the above transcription of caterpillar is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

caterpillar is pronounced in four syllables

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An example use of caterpillar in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… the caterpillar villain lace who's the …”

meanings of caterpillar


  1. The larva of a butterfly or moth; leafworm.
  2. A vehicle with a caterpillar track; a crawler.

caterpillar frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word caterpillar occurs in english on average 2.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics caterpillar can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that caterpillar can be often used in the following areas:

1) life, nature, and living environment;

2) transport and travel;

words with pronunciation similar to caterpillar


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