- the larva of the Chinese silkworm moth, Bombyx mori, which spins a cocoon of commercially valuable silk.
- the larva of any of several moths of the family Saturniidae, which spins a silken cocoon.
Origin of silkworm
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Examples from the Web for silkworm
In The Silkworm, Rowling deploys this knack with an almost perfect touch.
The Silkworm brings back Cormoran Strike (yes, Potterish names still abound).
She had a face like a silkworm, and the dining-room reeks of orris-root.Howards End
E. M. Forster
That's what the silkworm does—only it does it several times over.
"But I thought the silkworm scarcely moved," objected Marie.
Then send to a reliable dealer for a quarter of an ounce of silkworm eggs.Makers of Many Things
Eva March Tappan
Gut is the product of the silkworm, and the best quality is imported from Spain.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2
- the larva of the Chinese moth Bombyx mori, that feeds on the leaves of the mulberry tree: widely cultivated as a source of silk
- any of various similar or related larvae
- silkworm moth the moth of any of these larvae
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Word Origin and History for silkworm
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