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silk

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noun, often attributive \ˈsilk\

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 silks 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 corn

  5. 5 :  parachute

silklike

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Examples of silk in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of silk

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


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silk

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Definition of silk

of corn

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to develop the silk

First Known Use of silk

1783



SILK Defined for English Language Learners

silk

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Definition of silk for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SILK Defined for Kids

silk

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noun \ˈsilk\

Definition of silk for Students

  1. 1 :  a fine fiber that is spun by many insect larvae usually to form their cocoon or by spiders to make their webs and that includes some kinds used for weaving cloth

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

  3. 3 :  the threadlike strands that are found over the kernels of an ear of corn


Medical Dictionary

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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