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

Examples of silkworm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These startups are far from the only ones focusing on silkworm silk. Max G. Levy, Wired, 28 June 2021 The silkworm is the larva of Bombyx mori, the domestic silk moth. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 July 2021 Meanwhile, second-place Lee Graham will be receiving a brand-new can of Korean silkworm pupae in a brownish sauce. Washington Post, 3 June 2021 In 1843, Gideon Smith, a medical doctor and silkworm cultivator in Baltimore, convinced newspapers to publish his appeals to readers to report emergences of cicadas, which were called locusts at the time. Ian Graber-stiehl, Science | AAAS, 1 June 2021 Edible insects have been a part of rich culinary traditions around the world for years, from Mexico’s crunchy chapulines to beondegi, Korea’s silkworm pupae street food. Kate Knibbs, Wired, 11 May 2021 Mulberry silk, from the Bombyx mori silkworm moth’s cocoon, is the most common commercial silk. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2021 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, 23 Oct. 2020 Here is a link to a photo of another male giant silkworm moth from Oregon as an example. oregonlive, 8 Aug. 2020

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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 6 Dec. 2021.

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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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