Meaning of 蚕

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(Trad.: 蠶)
Pinyin: cán
English Definition: silkworm
Chinese Definition:
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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Example Sentences
This tie is made of silk.
The pavilion has been dubbed "Purple Silkworm Island" by Chinese people.
He carelessly knocked over the silkworm tray, leaving the floor covered with folia mori.
"The advantage of silkworms is that they' re easy to grow, " Dr. Hayashi said.
Spiders and silkworms are masters of materials science, but scientists are finally catching up.