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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.]
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(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.
The middle kids wrestled with "recurrence" and "hygienist," and the oldest kids took on words that seemed hatched from a distant planet - "abecedarian" and "bombycid" (it's a kind of moth).
Fagara is made with the silk of the saturniid moth Attacus atlas, one of the world's largest moths, while eri is made from the silk of the bombycid moths Samia ricini and S.