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sil kwerm

  • n  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
  • n  larva of a saturniid moth; spins a large amount of strong silk in constructing its cocoon

  • Its students can learn that the creature with the most sensitive sniffer is the male silkworm moth, which can detect a female two miles away; that the longest place name belongs to .
  • In one experiment, a female emperor in a gauze cage collected 127 males of her species in seven hours; male Chinese silkworm moths have been known to home in on intended mates .
  • The top spot went to a firm in Jiangsu province busted for adulterating its nationally sold nutritional supplement, supposedly made from silkworm chrysalis.
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  • Giant Silkworm Wins Manchester Sculpture Contest
    Follow Your Town News On The Courant's Manchester Facebook Page An oversized silkworm — symbol of Manchester's once thriving textile industry — is the winner of a sculpture contest hosted by the local arts commission.        
    June 11, 2013 - Hartford Courant

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