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nĕcydălus , i, m., = νεκύδαλος (deathlike),
I.the larva of the silk-worm, in the stage of metamorphosis preceding that in which it receives the name of bombyx: “primum eruca fit, deinde, quod vocatur bombylius, ex eo necydalus, ex hoc in sex mensibus bombyx,Plin. 11, 22, 26, § 76 (acc. to Aristot. H. A. 5, 19, κάμπη, βομβύλιος, νεκύδαλος, βομβύκιον).
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