bombycine

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

Definition of bombycine

  1. :  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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