silk moth

noun

Definition of silk moth

1 : the common silkworm (Bombyx mori)
2 : saturniid especially : one (such as the cecropia moth) that produces a cocoon of silk

Examples of silk moth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The silkworm is the larva of Bombyx mori, the domestic silk moth. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 July 2021 They were introduced to the US in the late 19th century by a French scientist, Étienne Léopold Trouvelot, who wanted to breed a new species of silk moth in Massachusetts, according to the US Department of Agriculture. Keely Aouga And Evan Simko-bednarski, CNN, 4 July 2021 The main body of material in the 336-page book focuses on individual species, from swallowtails to silk moths. Sally Peterson, oregonlive, 9 Dec. 2019 Working with three species of silk moths—luna, African moon, and polyphemus—Rubin shortened or cut off some of their hindwings and glued longer or differently shaped tails to others. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 4 July 2018 In 2015, sensory ecologist Jesse Barber of Boise State University in Idaho and colleagues discovered that some silk moths use their tails to confuse bat predators. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of silk moth

1772, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Silk moth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silk%20moth. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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