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silkworm

noun silk·worm \-ˌwərm\

: a caterpillar that produces silk which is used to make thread or cloth

Full Definition of SILKWORM

:  a moth whose larva spins a large amount of strong silk in constructing its cocoon; especially :  an Asian moth (Bombyx mori of the family Bombycidae) whose rough wrinkled hairless caterpillar produces the silk of commerce
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First Known Use of SILKWORM

before 12th century
SILKWORM Defined for Kids

silkworm

noun silk·worm \ˈsilk-ˌwərm\

Definition of SILKWORM for Kids

:  a yellowish caterpillar that is the larva of an Asian moth (silk moth or silkworm moth), is raised in captivity on mulberry leaves, and produces a strong silk that is the silk most used for thread or cloth

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