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Meaning of 蚕

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(Trad.: 蠶)
Pinyin: cán
English Definition: silkworm
Chinese Definition:
①昆虫,有“家蚕”和“柞蚕”,通常指“家蚕”,吃桑叶,吐丝做茧。丝可织绸缎。“柞蚕”吃柞树叶,丝可织茧绸:蚕丝。蚕茧。蚕食。蚕宝宝(蚕的爱称)。
Total strokes: 10; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (insect) conveys the meaning.
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Example Words
蚕食 cán shí to nibble away at (as silkworm consume leaves); fig. to embezzle progressively
蚕豆 cán dòu broad bean (Vicia faba); fava bean
蚕茧 cán jiǎn silkworm cocoon
蚕丝 cán natural silk (secreted by silkworm)
桑蚕 sāng cán silkworm
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