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

  • n. Any of various often large and colorful moths of the family Saturniidae, such as the emperor moth.
  • adj. Of or belonging to the Saturniidae.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any moth of the family Saturniidae.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of the lepidopterous family Saturniidæ.
  • Having the characters of or belonging to the family Saturniidæ.

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

  • n. large brightly colored and usually tropical moth; larvae spin silken cocoons


From New Latin Sāturniidae, family name, from Sāturnia, type genus, from Latin, daughter of Saturn, from feminine of Sāturnius, Saturnian, from Sāturnus, Saturn; see Saturn.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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