Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Linnean genus of lepidopterous insects, now the type of family Bombycidæ. The caterpillar of the Bombyx mori is well known by the name of silkworm. When full-grown it is 3 inches long, whitish-gray, smooth, with a horn on the penultimate segment of the body. It feeds on the leaves of the mulberry (in the United States also on those of the Osage orange), and spins an oval cocoon of the size of a pigeon's egg, of a close tissue, with very fine silk, usually of a yellow color, but sometimes white. Each silk-fiber is double, and is spun from a viscid substance contained in two tubular organs ending in a spinneret at the mouth. A single fiber is often 1,100 feet long. It requires 1,600 worms to produce 1 pound of silk. Greek missionaries first brought the eggs of the silkworm from China to Constantinople in the reign of Justinian (A. D. 527-565). In the twelfth century the cultivation of silk was introduced into the kingdom of Naples from the Morea, and several centuries afterward into France. The silkworm undergoes a variety of changes during the short period of its life. When hatched it appears as a black worm; after it has finished its cocoon it becomes a chrysalis, and finally a perfect cream-colored insect or moth, with four wings. For other silk-spinning bombycids, see
silkworm. See cut in next column.
- n. In conchology, a genus of pulmonate gastropods.
- n. [lowercase] A wind-instrument of the ancient Greeks, probably sounded by a reed mouthpiece: so called from its shape.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A genus of moths, which includes the silkworm moth. See silkworm.
- n. type genus of the Bombycidae: Chinese silkworm moth
“He describes the silk worm as a horned worm, which he calls bombyx, which passes through several transformations, and produces bombytria.”
A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels - Volume 18 Historical Sketch of the Progress of Discovery, Navigation, and Commerce, from the Earliest Records to the Beginning of the Nineteenth Century, By William Stevenson
“It's bombyx silk, dyed by Marci of Wauka Valley Farm.”
“A blend of bombyx silk and merino wool. by cavalaxis at”
“A skein of gorgeous bombyx silk yarn from Ellen's Half Pint Farm in Norwich, VT:”
“But the Juillard Dictionnaire Inverse de la Langue FranÃ§aise lists twenty rhymes, among them bombyx, hÃ©lix, prolixe, and strix; and we may add the great name of VercingÃ©torix.”
“The third American species reared under glass is the following very interesting bombyx: _Ceratocampa (Eacles) imperialis_.”
“The root of the name is _bombyx_, the Latin for silkworm.”
“The charta bombycina (bombyx, a silk and cotton paper) was much employed during mediæval periods.”
“It has been a popular belief, found in every book till 1886 (now entirely disproved, but probably destined to die hard), that the common yellowish thick paper, with rough fibrous edge, found especially in Greek MSS. till the fifteenth century, was paper of quite another sort, and made of cotton (charta bombycna, bombyx being usually silk, but also used of any fine fibre such as cotton).”
“These wild moths produce a stronger thread, but it is much less smooth than that of the bombyx.”
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