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silkworm

[ silk-wurm ]
/ ˈsɪlkˌwɜrm /
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noun
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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Origin of silkworm

before 1000; Middle English sylkewyrme,Old English seolcwyrm.See silk, worm
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British Dictionary definitions for silkworm

silkworm
/ (ˈsɪlkˌwɜːm) /

noun
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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