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[silk-wurm] /ˈsɪlkˌwɜrm/
the larva of the Chinese silkworm moth, Bombyx mori, which spins a cocoon of commercially valuable silk.
the larva of any of several moths of the family Saturniidae, which spins a silken cocoon.
Origin of silkworm
before 1000; Middle English sylkewyrme, Old English seolcwyrm. See silk, worm Unabridged
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  • A mere glance at the silkworm convinces you that it is no more a native of Europe than any other sweet thing.

    The Insect Jules Michelet
  • "But I thought the silkworm scarcely moved," objected Marie.

    The Story of Silk Sara Ware Bassett
  • Once upon a time, long ago, people did not know how to use the beautiful fibers of the silkworm.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • Gut is the product of the silkworm, and the best quality is imported from Spain.

  • The Chinese silkworm is now raised to a slight extent in southern California.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
  • Have you heard that there are some countries where the silkworm grows better than in others?

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • And you say the silkworm goes through the process of changing its skin four times, Josef?

    The Story of Silk Sara Ware Bassett
  • Had not the king succeeded in introducing the silkworm into his dominions?

    Goethe and Schiller L. Mhlbach
British Dictionary definitions for silkworm


the larva of the Chinese moth Bombyx mori, that feeds on the leaves of the mulberry tree: widely cultivated as a source of silk
any of various similar or related larvae
silkworm moth, the moth of any of these larvae
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Word Origin and History for silkworm

Old English seolcwyrm; see silk + worm (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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