The consumer. Used in the Old Testament (1 Kings 8:37; 2Chr. 6:28; Psalms 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 (Psalms 105:34; Jeremiah 51:14,27; RSV, "cankerworm") as the rendering of a different Hebrew word,
, A word elsewhere rendered "cankerworm" (q.v.), Joel 1:4; 2:25. (See LOCUST .)
These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.
Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for 'Caterpillar'". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".