- a moth of the family Bombycidae, comprising a single species, Bombyx mori, the Chinese silkworm moth.
- 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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Examples from the Web for bombycid
The family Bombycid comprises many species which we must not omit to mention.The Insect World
A remarkable family (Bombycid) is that of the hawk moths, which much resemble in shape and action humming birds.Zoology: The Science of Animal Life
They belong to that family of Bombycid, which envelop their eggs in hair plucked from their own body.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. II (of 4)
- any moth, including the silkworm moth, of the family Bombycidae, most of which occur in Africa and SE Asia
- of, relating to, or belonging to the Bombycidae
C19: from Latin bombyx silkworm
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