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silkworm moth Syllabification: silk·worm moth

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of silkworm moth in English:


A large moth with a caterpillar that spins a protective silken cocoon.
  • (also the silk moth) A domesticated Asian moth whose larva is the chief commercial silkworm (Bombyx mori, family Bombycidae). (also giant silk moth) A saturniid moth.
Example sentences
  • As big as a hot dog, Automeris, a giant silkworm moth caterpillar, discourages some predators by its size, strong bite, and array of spines.
  • Since the male silkworm moth is an important ingredient, we wondered whether the male silkworm moth can increase the life-span of the fruit fly by itself.
  • The first written record of using male silkworm moth in traditional Chinese medicine can be found in ancient classics.
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