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Yes, in this case the cloth was known first. English 'silk' is from Latin 'serica', which is an adjective of the country it came from: Chinese cloth. Only in the Byzantine period were the mulbery bushes and silkworms introduced to the West.

The silkworm is so called because it's a worm that produces silk. Nothing odd about that.

NW April 18, 2004, 2:19pm

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