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Bombyx \Bom"byx\ (b[o^]m"b[i^]ks), n. [L., silkworm. See Bombazine.] (Zo["o]l.) A genus of moths, which includes the silkworm moth. See Silkworm. [1913 Webster] ||


n. Any member of the genus ''Bombyx'' of true silkmoths, whose caterpillars often feed on mulberry.


Bombyx is the genus of true silkmoths or mulberry silkmoths of the family Bombycidae. For a few thousand years, people only recognised two species, but then several other less important species were discovered, and the genus contains two tested hybrid species, a semi-natural cross between a female Bombyx mori and a male Bombyx mandarina, and another hybrid the other way around from the first.

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Without uncovering what does not concern us, or counting how many species of parasites hang on a bombyx.