plural noun
Sat·​ur·​ni·​idae | \ ˌsatərˈnīəˌdē \

Definition of Saturniidae

: an important and widely distributed family of moths including some of the largest insects known, having a stout hairy body, strong wide wings, and antennae which are bipectinate to the tip, having larvae which spin silken cocoons, and comprising among others the io, polyphemus, luna, and cecropia moths, the pernyi and tussah silkworms, and the Atlas moth

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New Latin, from Saturnia, type genus + -idae

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“Saturniidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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