ailanthus silkworm

noun
large green silkworm of the cynthia moth
Syn: ↑Samia cynthia
Hypernyms: ↑silkworm, ↑giant silkworm, ↑wild wilkworm
Member Holonyms: ↑Samia, ↑genus Samia

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noun
: a large green silkworm (Samia cynthia or S. walkeri) native to eastern Asia but introduced into the United States that feeds on ailanthus leaves and has been used experimentally for the commercial production of silk — compare cynthia moth

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a green silkworm, Samia walkeri, introduced into the U.S. from China, that feeds on the leaves of the ailanthus.
[1865-70]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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