Definition of bombycine
: of or relating to silkworms
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Origin and Etymology of bombycine
borrowed from Latin bombȳcinus “of silk,” pseudo-Greek derivative (with -inos 1-ine) of bombyc-, bombyx “silkworm, silk,” borrowed from Greek *bómbyx — more at bombyx ◆Though the Latin adjective is conventionally traced to Greek bombýkinos (as in Oxford Latin Dictionary), the Greek word is not attested until significantly later (Libanius, 4th century ce).
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