silkworm

noun
silk·worm | \ˈsilk-ˌwərm \

Definition of silkworm 

: a moth whose larva spins a large amount of strong silk in constructing its cocoon especially : an Asian moth (Bombyx mori of the family Bombycidae) whose rough wrinkled hairless caterpillar produces the silk of commerce

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Then, the scientists genetically engineered silkworms by inserting this protein, called mKate 2, into their DNA. Angela Chen, The Verge, "How scientists are engineering silk to save our bodies," 4 May 2018 The company is working with more than 1,800 families, who grow mulberry bushes to feed the silkworms on 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres) of land, producing at least 288,000 kg of cocoons to be exported to China each year, Mr. Wang said. Ann Wang, The Christian Science Monitor, "Myanmar's farmers shift from growing poppies to raising silkworms," 9 May 2018 The team injected a natural protein that can be triggered to produce a pathogen killing chemical reaction into silkworms' DNA. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Surprising Medical Material of the Future: Silk," 5 May 2018 These silkworms then produced a red, glowing silk activated by visible green light, like a regular LED light. Angela Chen, The Verge, "How scientists are engineering silk to save our bodies," 4 May 2018 Using a combination of robotics and live silkworms, Oxman created her most famous project, a dome-like structure dubbed The Silk Pavilion, in 2003. Mike Miller, PEOPLE.com, "5 Things to Know About Brad Pitt’s New MIT Professor Friend, Neri Oxman," 6 Apr. 2018 Inside were two of the silkworms that had spun the silk for her wedding dress. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "I Was a Bridesmaid In Princess Diana's Wedding," 17 May 2018 Zhou is now in his third year raising silkworms rather than poppies, and says quicker profits have enabled his family – with six children – to upgrade from a bamboo hut. Ann Wang, The Christian Science Monitor, "Myanmar's farmers shift from growing poppies to raising silkworms," 9 May 2018 Others are now farming silkworms alongside other crops like watermelons. Ann Wang, The Christian Science Monitor, "Myanmar's farmers shift from growing poppies to raising silkworms," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of silkworm

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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silkworm

noun

English Language Learners Definition of silkworm

: a caterpillar that produces silk which is used to make thread or cloth

silkworm

noun
silk·worm | \ˈsilk-ˌwərm \

Kids Definition of silkworm

: a yellowish caterpillar that is the larva of an Asian moth ( silk moth or silkworm moth ), is raised in captivity on mulberry leaves, and produces a strong silk that is the silk most used for thread or cloth

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