Definition of silkworm moth in US English:

silkworm moth


  • A large moth with a caterpillar that spins a protective silken cocoon.

    (also 'giant silk moth') a saturniid moth

    (also 'the silk moth') a domesticated Asian moth whose larva is the chief commercial silkworm (Bombyx mori, family Bombycidae)

    • ‘The first written record of using male silkworm moth in traditional Chinese medicine can be found in ancient classics.’
    • ‘Since the male silkworm moth is an important ingredient, we wondered whether the male silkworm moth can increase the life-span of the fruit fly by itself.’
    • ‘As big as a hot dog, Automeris, a giant silkworm moth caterpillar, discourages some predators by its size, strong bite, and array of spines.’