American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A moth of the family Bombycidae, which includes the silkworms.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or having the charactérs of the Bombycidæ.
- n. One of the Bombycidæ.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Zoöl.) Like or pertaining to the genus Bombyx, or the family
- n. moderate-sized Asiatic moth whose larvae feed on mulberry leaves and produce silk
- From New Latin Bombȳcidae, family name, from Latin bombȳx, bombȳc-, silkworm; see bombazine. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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