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

  • n. A moth of the family Bombycidae, which includes the silkworms.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the moths of the family Bombycidae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like or pertaining to the genus Bombyx, or the family Bombycidæ.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or having the charactérs of the Bombycidæ.
  • n. One of the Bombycidæ.

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

  • 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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