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 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, "Watch how battles with bats give moths their flashy tails," 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, "Watch how battles with bats give moths their flashy tails," 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silk%20moth. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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