American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several moths of the family Saturnidae, especially Saturnia pavonia of Eurasia, having distinctively patterned wings.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) one of several large and beautiful bombycid moths, with transparent spots on the wings; as the American Cecropia moth (Platysamia cecropia), and the European species (Saturnia pavonia).
- n. large moth of temperate forests of Eurasia having heavily scaled transparent wings
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