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  • saturniid — [sə tʉr′nē id΄] n. [< ModL Saturniidae < L Saturnia, Juno, daughter of Saturn] any of a family (Saturniidae) of large, brilliantly colored moths with a sunken head and hairy body …   English World dictionary

  • saturniid — noun Etymology: New Latin Saturniidae, from Saturnia, genus of moths, from Latin, daughter of the god Saturn Date: circa 1909 any of a family (Saturniidae) of usually large stout strong winged moths (as a luna moth or a cecropia moth) with hairy… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • saturniid — /seuh terr nee id/, n. 1. any of several large, brightly colored moths of the family Saturniidae, comprising the giant silkworm moths. adj. 2. belonging or pertaining to the family Saturniidae. [1890 95; < NL Saturniidae name of the family. See… …   Universalium

  • saturniid — noun /səˈtɚ.ni.ɪd/ Any moth of the family Saturniidae …   Wiktionary

  • saturniid — [sə tə:nɪɪd] noun Entomology a moth of a family (Saturniidae) which includes the emperor moths and the giant Indian silk moths. Origin C19: from mod. L. Saturniidae, from the genus name Saturnia …   English new terms dictionary

  • saturniid — sa·tur·ni·id …   English syllables

  • saturniid — sa•tur•ni•id [[t]səˈtɜr ni ɪd[/t]] n. 1) pln any of several large, brightly colored moths of the family Saturniidae, characterized by feathery antennae and wings usu. having eyespots, comprising the giant silkworm moths 2) ent belonging or… …   From formal English to slang

  • saturniid — /səˈtɜniɪd/ (say suh terneeid) noun 1. any of the large moths of the family Saturniidae, including many of the most strikingly coloured species. –adjective 2. denoting or relating to these moths. {New Latin Sāturniidae, from Latin Sāturnius of… …   Australian English dictionary

  • saturniid — n. any large moth of the family Saturniidae, including emperor moths. Etymology: mod.L …   Useful english dictionary

  • saturniid moth — or giant silkworm moth Any of some 800 moth species of the principally tropical family Saturniidae. Adults have a stout, hairy body and broad wings, often vividly coloured and patterned. Most species have a central eyespot on each wing. Among the …   Universalium

  • saturniid moth — noun large brightly colored and usually tropical moth; larvae spin silken cocoons • Syn: ↑saturniid • Hypernyms: ↑moth • Hyponyms: ↑emperor, ↑emperor moth, ↑Saturnia pavonia, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary