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silk

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noun \ˈsilk\

Simple Definition of silk

  • : a smooth, soft, and shiny cloth that is made from thread produced by silkworms; also : the thread that is used to make silk

  • : the thread that is produced by a spider

  • : the thin strings in an ear of corn

Full Definition of silk

  1. 1 :  a fine continuous protein fiber produced by various insect larvae usually for cocoons; especially :  a lustrous tough elastic fiber produced by silkworms and used for textiles

  2. 2 :  thread, yarn, or fabric made from silk filaments

  3. 3a :  a garment of silkb (1) :  a distinctive silk gown worn by a King's or Queen's Counsel (2) :  a King's or Queen's Counselc plural :  the colored cap and blouse of a jockey or harness horse driver made in the registered racing color of the employing stable

  4. 4a :  a filament resembling silk; especially :  one produced by a spiderb :  silky material <milkweed silk>; especially :  the styles of an ear of Indian corn

  5. 5 :  parachute

silk·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of silk

  1. a variety of silks and satins

  2. The robe has butterflies embroidered in silk on the sleeves.

  3. the silk of a spider's web



Origin of silk

Middle English, from Old English seolc, sioluc, probably ultimately from Greek sērikos silken — more at sericeous


First Known Use: before 12th century

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silk

intransitive verb

Definition of silk

of corn

  1. :  to develop the silk



1783

First Known Use of silk

1783


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silk

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noun \ˈsilk\

Medical Definition of silk

  1. 1:  a fine continuous protein fiber produced by various insect larvae usually for cocoons; especially :  a lustrous tough elastic fiber produced by silkworms and used for textiles

  2. 2:  strands of silk thread of various thicknesses used as suture material in surgery <surgical silk>





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