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.
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Giving revamped silkworm silk a metallic bath may make the strands both strong and stiff, scientists report October 6 in Matter.A metal ion bath may make fibers stronger than spider silk | Meghan Rosen | October 6, 2022 | Science News
Every kit contained some scientific goody, such as a fingerprinting kit, flexible magnet or silkworm cocoon — including some Things of Science products that definitely wouldn’t fly today, like asbestos-containing fabrics.
Thanks to the Silk Road, the contribution of silkworms to the history of global trade is more widely appreciated.Why We Should Eat Crickets. And Other Bug Ideas - Facts So Romantic | Mary Ellen Hannibal | October 2, 2020 | Nautilus
Silkworms have been doing their thing for more than 300 million years.Why We Should Eat Crickets. And Other Bug Ideas - Facts So Romantic | Mary Ellen Hannibal | October 2, 2020 | Nautilus
In The silkworm, Rowling deploys this knack with an almost perfect touch.Speed Read: J.K. Rowling Pens Another Winner With ‘The Silkworm’ | Malcolm Jones | June 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The silkworm brings back Cormoran Strike (yes, Potterish names still abound).Speed Read: J.K. Rowling Pens Another Winner With ‘The Silkworm’ | Malcolm Jones | June 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The caterpillar produces silk, though it is not equal to that of the better known silkworm.In the Wilds of Florida | W.H.G. Kingston
The Mussel which makes such long anchor-threads might be called "the silkworm of the sea."On the Seashore | R. Cadwallader Smith
The silkworm is about eight weeks in arriving at maturity, during which period it changes its skin four or five times.
At a certain period of its existence the silkworm gives off a secretion of jelly-like substance.Textiles | William H. Dooley
Malpighi has observed that a silkworm often eats in a day mulberry leaves equal to its own weight.The Insect World | Louis Figuier
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
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