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n. pl. ser·ic·te·ri·a (-tîr′ē-ə)
The silk-producing gland or glands of an insect, such as a silkworm.

[New Latin sērictērium, from Greek sērikon, silk (on the model of New Latin sialistērium, salivary gland of insects), from neuter of sērikos, silken; see serge1.]


a silk-producing gland in a silkworm
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Noun1.sericterium - silk-producing gland of insects (especially of a silkworm) or spiderssericterium - silk-producing gland of insects (especially of a silkworm) or spiders
silkworm - the commercially bred hairless white caterpillar of the domestic silkworm moth which spins a cocoon that can be processed to yield silk fiber; the principal source of commercial silk
giant silkworm, wild wilkworm, silkworm - larva of a saturniid moth; spins a large amount of strong silk in constructing its cocoon
gland, secreter, secretor, secretory organ - any of various organs that synthesize substances needed by the body and release it through ducts or directly into the bloodstream