corn silk

noun

Definition of corn silk 

: the silky styles on an ear of corn

Examples of corn silk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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 Harvesting Three weeks after corn silks appear, start checking ears for peak ripeness. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Corn," 5 Apr. 2016 Set up dipping station with the egg mixture first, then the corn silks in separate bowls. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "Halloween-Themed Food for Adults," 23 Sep. 2014 Gently lower polenta eyeballs into the oil and fry until the corn silk is golden brown. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "Halloween-Themed Food for Adults," 23 Sep. 2014 One at a time, cover the polenta balls in egg, then coat in corn silk. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "Halloween-Themed Food for Adults," 23 Sep. 2014 Far from the supermarket stuff, which is typically faked by dying crocus parts or corn silk red with food coloring, Rumi’s otherworldly earthy-floral saffron is the kind that meets its reputation for the world’s most expensive spice. Mari Uyehara, Bon Appetit, "These 10 Great Online Specialty Food Stores Have Everything," 19 June 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'corn silk.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of corn silk

1846, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about corn silk

Statistics for corn silk

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for corn silk

The first known use of corn silk was in 1846

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on corn silk

See words that rhyme with corn silk

Comments on corn silk

What made you want to look up corn silk? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a generally accepted meaning of a word

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!