One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The commercially bred caterpillar of the domesticated silk moth (Bombyx mori ), which spins a silk cocoon that is processed to yield silk fibre.
- ‘The silkworm is a lepidopteran insect with a long history of significant agricultural value.’
- ‘As is well known, the silkworm, Bombyx mori, is reared for the production of silk and its diet consists solely of mulberry leaves.’
- ‘Although this order represents an extremely diverse and economically important group of insects, mapping studies have been conducted only in the silkworm, Bombyx mori.’
- ‘The domesticated silkworm is one of a few lepidopteran species that have been used for genetic analysis.’
- ‘Silk is a continuous protein filament spun by the silkworm to form its cocoon.’
- 1.1with modifier A commercial silk-yielding caterpillar of a saturniid moth.
- ‘Tussah silk, often called shantung, is made from the cocoons of wild tussah silkworms that eat oak and juniper leaves.’
Old English seolcwyrm (see silk, worm).
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