Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The silk-producing gland or glands of an insect, especially a silkworm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A silk gland, as in the silkworms.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A silk gland, as in the silkworms.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A spinning-gland; a glandular apparatus in insects for the secretion of silk.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. silk-producing gland of insects (especially of a silkworm) or spiders

Etymologies

New Latin sērictērium, from Greek sērikon, silk (on the model of New Latin sialistērium, salivary gland of insects), from neuter of sērikos, silken; see serge1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
See sericeous. (Wiktionary)

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