from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun [lowercase] A wind-instrument of the ancient Greeks, probably sounded by a reed mouthpiece: so called from its shape.
  • noun A Linnean genus of lepidopterous insects, now the type of the family Bombycidæ.
  • noun In conchology, a genus of pulmonate gastropods.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A genus of moths, which includes the silkworm moth. See silkworm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any member of the genus Bombyx of true silkmoths, whose caterpillars often feed on mulberries.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun type genus of the Bombycidae: Chinese silkworm moth


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