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moths of the family bombycidae of the order lepidoptera, called silkworm moths. The family contains a single species, bombyx mori from the greek for silkworm _ mulberry tree (on which it feeds). A native of asia, it is sometimes reared in this country. It has long been raised for its silk and after centuries of domestication it probably does not exist in nature. It is used extensively in experimental genetics.