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silkworm

[silk-wurm] /ˈsɪlkˌwɜrm/
noun
1.
the larva of the Chinese silkworm moth, Bombyx mori, which spins a cocoon of commercially valuable silk.
2.
the larva of any of several moths of the family Saturniidae, which spins a silken cocoon.
Origin of silkworm
1000
before 1000; Middle English sylkewyrme, Old English seolcwyrm. See silk, worm
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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

silkworm

/ˈsɪlkˌwɜːm/
noun
1.
the larva of the Chinese moth Bombyx mori, that feeds on the leaves of the mulberry tree: widely cultivated as a source of silk
2.
any of various similar or related larvae
3.
silkworm moth, the moth of any of these larvae
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Word Origin and History for silkworm
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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