saturniid

[ suh-tur-nee-id ]
/ səˈtɜr ni ɪd /

noun

any of several large, brightly colored moths of the family Saturniidae, comprising the giant silkworm moths.

adjective

belonging or pertaining to the family Saturniidae.

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Origin of saturniid

First recorded in 1890–95, saturniid is from the New Latin word Saturniidae name of the family. See Saturnian, -id2
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British Dictionary definitions for saturniid

saturniid
/ (sæˈtɜːnɪɪd) /

noun

any moth of the mainly tropical family Saturniidae, typically having large brightly coloured wings: includes the emperor, cecropia, and luna moths

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to the Saturniidae
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