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  1. a moth of the family Bombycidae, comprising a single species, Bombyx mori, the Chinese silkworm moth.
  1. belonging or pertaining to the family Bombycidae.

Origin of bombycid

< New Latin Bombycidae, equivalent to Latin bombȳc- (stem of bombȳx silkworm < Greek bómbȳx) + -idae -id2
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Historical Examples

  • The family Bombycid comprises many species which we must not omit to mention.

    The Insect World

    Louis Figuier

  • A remarkable family (Bombycid) is that of the hawk moths, which much resemble in shape and action humming birds.

  • They belong to that family of Bombycid, which envelop their eggs in hair plucked from their own body.

British Dictionary definitions for bombycid


  1. any moth, including the silkworm moth, of the family Bombycidae, most of which occur in Africa and SE Asia
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Bombycidae

Word Origin

C19: from Latin bombyx silkworm
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