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[silk-wurm] /ˈsɪlkˌwɜrm/
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
before 1000; Middle English sylkewyrme, Old English seolcwyrm. See silk, worm Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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.

    The Story of Silk Sara Ware Bassett
  • "But I thought the silkworm scarcely moved," objected Marie.

    The Story of Silk Sara Ware Bassett
  • 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.

  • Have you heard that there are some countries where the silkworm grows better than in others?

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • The silkworm when hatched is black, and about one-fourth of an inch long.

  • Had not the king succeeded in introducing the silkworm into his dominions?

    Goethe and Schiller L. Mhlbach
British Dictionary definitions for silkworm


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for silkworm

Old English seolcwyrm; see silk + worm (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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