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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various caterpillars that produce silk cocoons, especially the larva of a moth (Bombyx mori) native to Asia that spins a cocoon of fine, strong, lustrous fiber that is the source of commercial silk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various caterpillars of moths that produce silk cocoons, especially Bombyx mori which is the source of most commercial silk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The larva of any one of numerous species of bombycid moths, which spins a large amount of strong silk in constructing its cocoon before changing to a pupa.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The larva or caterpillar of a bombycine moth or silk-moth which in the chrysalis state is inclosed in a cocoon of silk; especially, such a larva, as of Bombyx (Sericaria) mori and allied species, from which silk of commercial value is obtained.
  • n. A shopper who examines goods without buying.

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

  • n. larva of a saturniid moth; spins a large amount of strong silk in constructing its cocoon
  • n. the commercially bred hairless white caterpillar of the domestic silkworm moth which spins a cocoon that can be processed to yield silk fiber; the principal source of commercial silk

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