sa·​tur·​ni·​id sa-ˈtər-nē-əd How to pronounce saturniid (audio)
: any of a family (Saturniidae) of usually large stout strong-winged moths (such as a luna moth or a cecropia moth) with hairy bodies
saturniid adjective

Word History


New Latin Saturniidae, from Saturnia, genus of moths, from Latin, daughter of the god Saturn

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of saturniid was in 1886

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Cite this Entry

“Saturniid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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