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A moth of the family Bombycidae, which includes the silkworm moth Bombyx mori.

[From New Latin Bombȳcidae, family name, from Latin bombȳx, bombȳc-, silkworm; see bombazine.]


(Animals) any moth, including the silkworm moth, of the family Bombycidae, most of which occur in Africa and SE Asia
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Bombycidae
[C19: from Latin bombyx silkworm]
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Noun1.bombycid - moderate-sized Asiatic moth whose larvae feed on mulberry leaves and produce silk
moth - typically crepuscular or nocturnal insect having a stout body and feathery or hairlike antennae
Bombycidae, family Bombycidae - Chinese silkworm moth
Bombyx mori, domestic silkworm moth, domesticated silkworm moth - stocky creamy-white Asiatic moth found almost entirely under human care; the source of most of the silk commerce
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Chu & Wang (1993) reported 9 genera and 28 species of Chinese bombycid moths, in which 10 new species were described.