corn silk

noun

: the silky styles on an ear of corn

Examples of corn silk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Snuff products are made with molasses, corn silk, and kudzu root while pouches are made with green tea, cellulose, and glycerine. Larry Carroll, Discover Magazine, 2 Apr. 2024 No pesky corn silk clinging to everything in sight. Karen Schroeder-Rankin, Southern Living, 22 Oct. 2023 Or, when anyone wandering into a cute farmstand feels entitled to destroy every ear of corn to get the dozen best ones, leaving a mauled pile of corn silk and husks for the next customer. Holly Peterson, Town & Country, 31 Aug. 2023 On a recent stifling 90-degree morning, Bobby Woolard, director of logistics for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, showed his fellow workers how to look for ears with corn silk turned brown and shriveled, ready for harvest. Jim Morrison, Washington Post, 14 Aug. 2023 The guest, pale as a far-off planet, with silvery white skin and corn silk hair, has eyes of absolute transparent blue that search around the room, over the chairs and the stove, over the wife and the slave. Lawrence Jackson, Harper's Magazine, 10 July 2023 Audrey’s culinary research and development lab uses tools like centrifuges, rotary evaporators and microwave extractors to create ingredients like a liquid essence of corn silk to flavor a dish of corn custard, pig’s-foot jelly and caviar. Brock at Audrey in Nashville. Howie Kahn, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2021 It’s the color of her hair — soft and fine as corn silk. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2022 As the name implies, the heat protectant uses argan and coconut oil to your tresses' advantage; corn silk extract and orchid flower extract are also included, as is castor oil for a strengthening angle. Rachel Nussbaum, PEOPLE.com, 13 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of corn silk was in 1846

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“Corn silk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corn%20silk. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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