Definition of silkworm in English:

silkworm

noun

  • 1The commercially bred caterpillar of the domesticated silk moth (Bombyx mori), which spins a silk cocoon that is processed to yield silk fibre.

    • ‘Although this order represents an extremely diverse and economically important group of insects, mapping studies have been conducted only in the silkworm, Bombyx mori.’
    • ‘Silk is a continuous protein filament spun by the silkworm to form its cocoon.’
    • ‘As is well known, the silkworm, Bombyx mori, is reared for the production of silk and its diet consists solely of mulberry leaves.’
    • ‘The domesticated silkworm is one of a few lepidopteran species that have been used for genetic analysis.’
    • ‘The silkworm is a lepidopteran insect with a long history of significant agricultural value.’
    1. 1.1[with 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.’

Origin

Old English seolcwyrm (see silk, worm).

Pronunciation:

silkworm

/ˈsɪlkwəːm/