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Noun: silkworm  'silk,wurm
  1. The commercially bred hairless white caterpillar of the domestic silkworm moth which spins a cocoon that can be processed to yield silk fibre; the principal source of commercial silk
  2. Larva of a saturniid moth; spins a large amount of strong silk in constructing its cocoon
    - giant silkworm, wild wilkworm

Derived forms: silkworms

Type of: caterpillar

Part of: Bombyx, family Saturniidae, genus Bombyx, Saturniidae

Encyclopedia: Silkworm