ailanthus silkworm

noun

Definition of ailanthus silkworm

:a large green silkworm (Cynthia samia) native to China that feeds especially on the tree of heaven
Note: The ailanthus silkworm was introduced into the United States in the late 1800s in an unsuccessful attempt at commercial silk production.
— compare cynthia moth

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First Known Use of ailanthus silkworm

1860


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