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Any of various often large and colorful moths of the family Saturniidae, such as the emperor moth.
[From New Latin Sāturniidae, family name, from Sāturnia, type genus, from Latin, daughter of Saturn, from feminine of Sāturnius, Saturnian, from Sāturnus, Saturn; see Saturn.]
(Animals) any moth of the mainly tropical family Saturniidae, typically having large brightly coloured wings: includes the emperor, cecropia, and luna moths
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Saturniidae
sa•tur•ni•id(səˈtɜr ni ɪd)
1. any of several large, brightly colored moths of the family Saturniidae, characterized by feathery antennae and wings usu. having eyespots, comprising the giant silkworm moths.adj.
2. belonging or pertaining to the family Saturniidae.
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|Noun||1.||saturniid - large brightly colored and usually tropical moth; larvae spin silken cocoons|
moth - typically crepuscular or nocturnal insect having a stout body and feathery or hairlike antennae
family Saturniidae, Saturniidae - important and widely distributed family of moths including some of the largest insects known
emperor moth, Saturnia pavonia, emperor - large moth of temperate forests of Eurasia having heavily scaled transparent wings
Eacles imperialis, imperial moth - large American moth having yellow wings with purplish or brownish markings; larvae feed on e.g. maple and pine trees
Actias luna, luna moth - large pale-green American moth with long-tailed hind wings and a yellow crescent-shaped mark on each forewing
cecropia moth, Hyalophora cecropia, cecropia - North American silkworm moth; larvae feed on the leaves of forest trees
Automeris io, io moth - large yellow American moth having a large eyelike spot on each hind wing; the larvae have stinging spines
Antheraea polyphemus, polyphemus moth - very large yellowish-brown American silkworm moth with large eyespots on hind wings; larvae feed on fruit and shade trees