American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various caterpillars that produce silk cocoons, especially the larva of a moth (Bombyx mori) native to Asia that spins a cocoon of fine, strong, lustrous fiber that is the source of commercial silk.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The larva or caterpillar of a bombycine moth or silk-moth which in the chrysalis state is inclosed in a cocoon of silk; especially, such a larva, as of Bombyx (Sericaria) mori and allied species, from which silk of commercial value is obtained. There are many species, of different genera. The ordinary silkworm of commerce, or mulberry-silkworm, is the larva of Sericaria mori. It is indigenous to China, and its cultivation spread through India and Persia, reaching Constantinople about a. d. 550. This larva is a large whitish caterpillar with an anal horn, and the moth is large-bodied, white in color, with small wings. The best races have but one annual generation, and are known as annuals. There are races, however, which have two generations (bivoltins), or three (trivoltins), or four (quadrivoltins), or eight (dacys). The cocoon varies through shades of white, cream, green, or roseate, and also greatly in size. The principal moths of wild silkworms are the tusser (Attacus mylilta) of India, the yama-mai (Antheræa yama-mai) of Japan, the pernyi (Anlheræa pernyi) ol China, the ailantus or arrindy (Samia cynthia) of China, introduced into Europe and America, and the cecropia, polyphemus, promethia, and luna of North America. See cuts under
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- n. Any of various caterpillars of moths that produce silk cocoons, especially Bombyx mori which is the source of most commercial silk.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) The larva of any one of numerous species of bombycid moths, which spins a large amount of strong silk in constructing its cocoon before changing to a pupa.
- n. larva of a saturniid moth; spins a large amount of strong silk in constructing its cocoon
- n. the commercially bred hairless white caterpillar of the domestic silkworm moth which spins a cocoon that can be processed to yield silk fiber; the principal source of commercial silk
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“Silk, too, is manufactured from vegetable matter, independent of the silkworm, which is now seen only in museums.”
“For Bookings: www. asiatravel.com For More Video: book. asiatravel.com The silkworm is the larva or caterpillar of Bombyx mori (Latin: "silkworm of the mulberry tree"), the domesticated silkmoth.”
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“The silk, according to Pliny, was the produce of a large kind of silkworm not found elsewhere.”
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“Standing in the camphorous light of the station, the glowing things of civilization all around her, a single silkworm rappels delicately from the ticket kiosk.”
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