silk·​worm | \ ˈsilk-ˌwərm How to pronounce silkworm (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Industrial espionage is a textile tradition, dating at least as far back as the Nestorian monks who smuggled silkworm eggs into the Byzantine Empire from China in the 6th century. Virginia Postrel, WSJ, "The World-Changing Technology of Textiles," 23 Oct. 2020 Here is a link to a photo of another male giant silkworm moth from Oregon as an example. oregonlive, "Why is this ground cherry not thriving? Ask an expert," 8 Aug. 2020 Known for her avant-garde approach to materials, Oxman has filled her show with artifacts from her career, such as fabrics made from cellulose, chitosan, and pectin, plusand a silkworm silk tent. Clay Chandler, Fortune, "Only a third of CEOs can explain what their company’s lead designers actually do," 25 Feb. 2020 Didi’s teacher assured us that silkworm moths couldn’t fly. Vanessa Hua,, "The wonder of silkworms, past and present," 5 July 2019 Women cared for silkworms in China, probably created the Bayeux Tapestry in 11th-century England and today toil by the millions in the garment factories of Bangladesh. Washington Post, "The overlooked innovation woven throughout human history," 9 Jan. 2020 The humans get five piles of food in front of them (in the episode that airs Jan. 1, that's blueberries, cabbage, turkey, mussels and silkworms) and have to eat as much as possible before Tank finishes the same amount. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "'My wife was like, are you serious?': On 'Man Vs Bear,' humans go against grizzly bears," 31 Dec. 2019 To use it, researchers draw liquid silk from the silkworm's glands or dissolve silk fibers in solvents. Harini Barath, Scientific American, "Wild Silkworms Produce Proteins Primed for Bioprinting," 24 Nov. 2019 This, Dr Vollrath and his coauthor Mi Ruixin made from a fibrous protein-rich glue of the sort produced naturally by spiders and silkworms. The Economist, "How to forge rhinoceros horn," 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of silkworm

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Silkworm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of silkworm

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


silk·​worm | \ ˈsilk-ˌwərm How to pronounce silkworm (audio) \

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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