Bombyx

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Bombyx type genus of the Bombycidae: Chinese silkworm moth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bombyx bŏm"bĭks (Zoöl) A genus of moths, which includes the silkworm moth. See Silkworm.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bombyx A Linnean genus of lepidopterous insects, now the type of the family Bombycidæ. The caterpillar of the Bombyx mori is well known by the name of silkworm. When full-grown it is 3 inches long, whitish-gray, smooth, with a horn on the penultimate segment of the body. It feeds on the leaves of the mulberry (in the United States also on those of the Osage orange), and spins an oval cocoon of the size of a pigeon's egg, of a close tissue, with very fine silk, usually of a yellow color, but sometimes white. Each silk-fiber is double, and is spun from a viscid substance contained in two tubular organs ending in a spinneret at the mouth. A single fiber is often 1,100 feet long. It requires 1,600 worms to produce 1 pound of silk. Greek missionaries first brought the eggs of the silkworm from China to Constantinople in the reign of Justinian (A. D. 527-565). In the twelfth century the cultivation of silk was introduced into the kingdom of Naples from the Morea, and several centuries afterward into France. The silkworm undergoes a variety of changes during the short period of its life. When hatched it appears as a black worm; after it has finished its cocoon it becomes a chrysalis, and finally a perfect cream-colored insect or moth, with four wings. For other silk-spinning bombycids, see silkworm. See cut in next column.
    • n bombyx In conchology, a genus of pulmonate gastropods.
    • n bombyx [lowercase] A wind-instrument of the ancient Greeks, probably sounded by a reed mouthpiece: so called from its shape.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bombyx bom′biks the silkworm.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., silkworm. See Bombazine
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

Canestrini, on proportion of sexes in Bombyx.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
Do you think, Zoe, that with that I could wear the dress of transparent bombyx silk that came yesterday from Cos?
"The Sisters, Complete" by Georg Ebers
The slaves in the red bombyx garments serve Hermias.
"Cleopatra, Complete" by Georg Ebers
The under-robe was of soft sea-green bombyx silk, with a broad border, delicately embroidered, of a garland of roses and buds.
"Serapis, Complete" by Georg Ebers
Associated Words: sericulture, mulberry, cocoon, filature, cocoonery, bombic, bombyx, filator, muscardine.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
The Bombyx of the oak-tree is, in fact, a classic moth; indeed, there is no entomological text-book but speaks of its exploits at mating-time.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
Sexual connection among butterflies of the Bombyx family is no less marvelous.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
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In news:

Bombykol, the sex pheromone emitted by female Bombyx mori silkmoths, travels in an odor plume.
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