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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cecropia North American silkworm moth; larvae feed on the leaves of forest trees
    • n Cecropia large genus of tropical American trees that yield a bast fiber used for cordage and bark used in tanning; milky juice yields caoutchouc
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cecropia A genus of beautiful tropical American trees, with milky juice, natural order Urticaceæ. C. peltata, the trumpet-tree, is remarkable for its hollow stem and branches, the former being made by the Indians into a kind of drum and the latter into wind-instruments. The light porous wood is used by them for procuring fire by friction. The inner bark is fibrous and strong, and is used for cordage.
    • n cecropia [lowercase] In entomology, a moth, Attacus cecropia.
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In literature:

Big gray Cecropias come from this kind; brown Polyphemus from that, and green Lunas from these.
"A Girl Of The Limberlost" by Gene Stratton Porter
I've got to decide whether to use cecropia or polyphemus before long.
"The Harvester" by Gene Stratton Porter
All else within the bounds of Cecropia and the bosom of the divine Cithaeron shall fall and fail you.
"Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
At length we arrived at a large cecropia tree.
"The Wanderers" by W.H.G. Kingston
Have you ever watched a cecropia moth when it crawls out of its dull gray prison of chrysalis?
"Jewel Weed" by Alice Ames Winter
A cecropia, or trumpet tree, pages 309-311.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
At our last meeting a cecropia "came out," measuring over six and a half inches across the wings.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 8, May 1886, No. 7." by Various
One day a fine-looking Cecropia Moth came out of her chrysalis and clung to the nearest twig while her wings grew and dried and flattened.
"Among the Forest People" by Clara Dillingham Pierson
What is the difference between a Cecropia cocoon which contains a living pupa and one that has been parasitized?
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
Can you obtain it from the cecropia?
"Afloat in the Forest" by Mayne Reid
This low ground is always marked by growths of small cecropia trees.
"The Sea and the Jungle" by H. M. Tomlinson
This was the cecropia or trumpet tree, falsely appearing firm and solid stemmed, but quite dominant in the neglected tangle.
"Jungle Peace" by William Beebe

In poetry:

Heard ye those loud-contending waves,
That shook Cecropia's pillar'd state?
Saw ye the mighty, from their graves,
Look up, and tremble at her fate?
"Ode To Eloquence " by Henry Carey
"Where rests the sword? — where sleep the brave?
Awake! Cecropia's ally save
From the fury of the blast:
Burst the storm of Phocis' walls!
Rise! or Greece for ever falls;
Up! or Freedom breathes her last."
"Ode To Eloquence " by Henry Carey

In news:

Evening News Photo by KIM BRENT A newly-hatched cecropia moth stretches its wings in preparation for its eventual flight from a porchfront in Temperance.
The cecropia moth is the largest of the 4 giant silkworm species found in North America.
Lunas, cecropias, imperial moths, regal moths, and rosy maple moths are simply stunning.