n. pl. ser·ic·te·ri·a (-tîrē-ə)
The silk-producing gland or glands of an insect, such as a silkworm.
[New Latin sērictērium, from Greek sērikon, silk (on the model of New Latin sialistērium, salivary gland of insects), from neuter of sērikos, silken; see SERGE1.]
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