bombycine

adjective
bom·​by·​cine | \ ˈbämbəˌsīn, -ə̇n \

Definition of bombycine

: of or relating to silkworms

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History and Etymology for bombycine

borrowed from Latin bombȳcinus “of silk,” pseudo-Greek derivative (with -inos -ine entry 1) of bombyc-, bombyx “silkworm, silk,” borrowed from Greek *bómbyx

Note: 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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“Bombycine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bombycine. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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