Meaning of saturniid in English:


Pronunciation /səˈtəːnɪɪd/


  • A silk moth of a family (Saturniidae ) which includes the emperor moths and the giant Indian silk moths. They typically have prominent eyespots on the wings.

    • ‘Further, extending our study, we also tested the conservation of a selected number of loci in different lepidopteran insects, including B. mandarina, the nearest wild relative to silkworm, a group of saturniids, and a noctuid.’


Late 19th century from modern Latin Saturniidae (plural), from the genus name Saturnia.