silkworm moth

Definitions of silkworm moth
  1. noun
    any silkworm moth of the family Saturniidae
    synonyms: giant silkworm moth
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    Samia cynthia, Samia walkeri, cynthia moth
    large Asiatic moth introduced into the United States; larvae feed on the ailanthus
    Atticus atlas, atlas moth
    giant saturniid moth widespread in Asia; sometimes cultured for silk
    type of:
    saturniid, saturniid moth
    large brightly colored and usually tropical moth; larvae spin silken cocoons
  2. noun
    moderate-sized Asiatic moth whose larvae feed on mulberry leaves and produce silk
    synonyms: bombycid, bombycid moth
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    Bombyx mori, domestic silkworm moth, domesticated silkworm moth
    stocky creamy-white Asiatic moth found almost entirely under human care; the source of most of the silk commerce
    type of:
    typically crepuscular or nocturnal insect having a stout body and feathery or hairlike antennae
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