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.
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- 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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The boiled chrysalis of a species of silkworm is exposed for sale as a great delicacy, and so are certain kinds of hairless, fleshy caterpillars.
Silk, too, is manufactured from vegetable matter, independent of the silkworm, which is now seen only in museums.
For Bookings: www. asiatravel.com For More Video: book. asiatravel.com The silkworm is the larva or caterpillar of Bombyx mori (Latin: "silkworm of the mulberry tree"), the domesticated silkmoth.
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The silk, according to Pliny, was the produce of a large kind of silkworm not found elsewhere.
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It was very worrying and expensive, said the former silkworm farmer, who is now without land or work and living with his large family on a government allowance of 100 yuan £100 per person per month.
Standing in the camphorous light of the station, the glowing things of civilization all around her, a single silkworm rappels delicately from the ticket kiosk.
What a shame then to ruin it with that clumsy first sentence, which makes the silkworm the subject.