• [<em>lowercase</em>] A wind-instrument of the ancient Greeks, probably sounded by a reed mouthpiece: so called from its shape.
  • A Linnean genus of lepidopterous insects, now the type of the family <em>Bombycidæ.</em>
  • In <em>conchology</em>, a genus of pulmonate gastropods.
  • A genus of moths, which includes the silkworm moth. See <xref urlencoded="silkworm">silkworm</xref>.
  • Any member of the <xref>genus</xref> Bombyx of true <xref>silkmoths</xref>, whose <xref>caterpillars</xref> often feed on <xref>mulberries</xref>.
  • type genus of the Bombycidae: Chinese silkworm moth
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