Definition of saturniid in English:

saturniid

noun

Biology
  • A silkworm moth of a family ("Saturniidae") that includes the emperor moths and the giant Indian silk moths. They typically have prominent eyespots on the wings.

    • ‘Further, extending our study, we also tested the conservation of a selected number of loci in different lepidopteran insects, including B. mandarina, the nearest wild relative to silkworm, a group of saturniids, and a noctuid.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from modern Latin Saturniidae (plural), from the genus name Saturnia.

Pronunciation:

saturniid

/səˈtərniid/