Floss Floss (?; 195), n. [It. floscio flabby, soft, fr. L. fluxus flowing, loose, slack. See {Flux}, n.] 1. (Bot.) The slender styles of the pistillate flowers of maize; also called {silk}. [1913 Webster]

2. Untwisted filaments of silk, used in embroidering. [1913 Webster]

3. A body feather of an ostrich. Flosses are soft, and gray from the female and black from the male. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Floss silk}, silk that has been twisted, and which retains its loose and downy character. It is much used in embroidery. Called also {floxed silk}.

{Floss thread}, a kind of soft flaxen yarn or thread, used for embroidery; -- called also {linen floss}, and {floss yarn}. --McElrath. [1913 Webster]

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  • floss — [flôs, fläs] n. [earlier also flosh < Fr floche, downy, woolly (in soie floche, floss silk), ult. < L floccus: see FLOCCUS] 1. the rough silk covering a silkworm s cocoon 2. the short, downy waste fibers of silk 3. a soft, loosely twisted… …   English World dictionary

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  • floss — ► NOUN 1) the rough silk enveloping a silkworm s cocoon. 2) untwisted silk fibres used in embroidery. 3) (also dental floss) a soft thread used to clean between the teeth. ► VERB ▪ clean between (one s teeth) with dental floss. ORIGIN Old French… …   English terms dictionary

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  • floss — floss·er; floss; …   English syllables

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  • floss — /flɒs / (say flos) noun 1. Also, floss silk. the cottony fibre yielded by the silk cotton trees. 2. Also, floss silk. silk filaments with little or no twist, used in weaving as brocade or in embroidery. 3. Also, floss silk. any silky filamentous… …   Australian English dictionary

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