corn silk


Definition of corn silk

: the silky styles on an ear of corn

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Recent Examples on the Web With its appealing flavor of nutty corn silk, spring chickweed is a delicacy best appreciated raw. Marie Viljoen/saveur, Popular Science, "Ten weeds you can eat," 19 Apr. 2020 As such, many of the walls and moldings are painted in an array of soulful, complicated grays made by Farrow & Ball; the hues have whispers of pink and undertones of corn silk, shifting and evolving as the day wears on. Cynthia Frank, ELLE Decor, "Tour a Fifth Avenue Apartment Filled with Museum-Caliber Treasures," 16 Dec. 2019 Dear Heloise: There is an easy way to get rid of corn silk. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Moving the masses," 14 Oct. 2019 Off the small plates, the chawanmushi (Japanese egg custard; $10) was sweet, creamy, silky and gorgeous, thanks to the glossy mass of corn silk that crowned the small bowl. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "Review: The Wolf’s Tailor, named one of U.S.’ best new restaurants, is almost worthy of the honor," 2 Oct. 2019 Made from acorns, sticks, corn silk, and buckeyes (among other things) his people march through forest and field on adventures in the natural world. Denise Coffey,, "Art, Nature, Play Come Together In David Bird’s Becorns," 10 Sep. 2019 Garbage disposals aren't designed to deal with hard material, such as bone or fibrous materials (celery, corn silk, and shrimp shells, to name a few). Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Here's Everything You Need to Know About How to Repair a Garbage Disposal," 22 Aug. 2019 Earworm moths lay eggs on corn silks and the larvae crawl inside the husks to feed at the tips of the developing ears. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Corn," 5 Apr. 2016 The wine list is tight, with a few by-the-glass options, but our favorite non-alcoholic nightcap is the refreshing corn silk tea. Bon Appetit, "Atoboy," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of corn silk

1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Corn silk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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