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saturniid Syllabification: sa·tur·ni·id
Pronunciation: /səˈtərniid/

Definition of saturniid in English:


A silkworm moth of a family (Saturniidae) that includes the emperor moths and the giant Indian silk moths. They typically have prominent eyespots on the wings.
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  • Further, extending our study, we also tested the conservation of a selected number of loci in different lepidopteran insects, including B. mandarina, the nearest wild relative to silkworm, a group of saturniids, and a noctuid.


Late 19th century: from modern Latin Saturniidae (plural), from the genus name Saturnia.

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