Tussah silk
Tussah silk Tus"sah silk` [Probably fr. Hind. tasar a shuttle, Skr. tasara, trasara.] (a) A silk cloth made from the cocoons of a caterpillar other than the common silkworm, much used in Bengal and China. (b) The silk fiber itself. [Written also {tusseh silk}.] [1913 Webster]

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  • tussah — [tus′ə] n. [Hindi tasar < Sans tasara, lit., a shuttle, kind of silkworm] 1. an Asiatic silkworm (Antheraea paphia) that feeds on oak leaves and produces coarse, brownish silk filaments 2. a) this silk: in full tussah silk b) a fabric made… …   English World dictionary

  • Silk — This article is about a natural fiber and the textile woven from it. For other uses, see Silk (disambiguation). Four of the most important domesticated silk worms, together with their adult moth forms, Meyers Konversations Lexikon (1885 1892)… …   Wikipedia

  • silk — (Roget s IV) n. Varieties of silks include: taffeta, moiré, watered silk, jacquard, damask, crepe, satin crepe, satin de Lyon, satin, rajah, pongee, China silk, tissue, voile, tulle, sarcenet, faille, marabou, mousseline de soie, shantung, tussah …   English dictionary for students

  • tussah — /tus euh/, n. 1. a tan silk from India. Cf. Shantung (def. 3). 2. the silkworm of an oriental moth of the genus Antheraea, as A. mylitta, that produces this silk. Also, tusseh, tusser /tus euhr/, tussor, tussore, tussur. Also called wild silk.… …   Universalium

  • tussah — or tussore noun Etymology: Hindi & Urdu tasar Date: 1590 silk or silk fabric from the brownish fiber produced by larvae of some saturniid moths (as Antheraea paphia) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tussah — tus•sah or tus•seh [[t]ˈtʌs ə[/t]] n. 1) tex a rough silk from India, commonly woven in its natural, undyed tan color Compare Shantung 2) 2) ent tex the silkworm of an Oriental moth of the genus Antheraea, as A. mylitta, that produces this silk • …   From formal English to slang

  • tussah — brownish silk fabric Fabric and Cloth …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • tusseh silk — Tussah silk Tus sah silk [Probably fr. Hind. tasar a shuttle, Skr. tasara, trasara.] (a) A silk cloth made from the cocoons of a caterpillar other than the common silkworm, much used in Bengal and China. (b) The silk fiber itself. [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wild silk — noun : silk furnished by wild silkworms compare tussah * * * 1. tussah. 2. Brit. See raw silk. [1790 1800, Amer.] * * * wild silk noun 1. Silk from wild silkworms 2. Short fibred silk imitating this …   Useful english dictionary

  • wild silk — /waɪld ˈsɪlk/ (say wuyld silk) noun any silk having a rough texture, as tussah …   Australian English dictionary

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