Floss thread
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 — (?; 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Floss silk — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • floss yarn — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • 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

  • Floss — may refer to: * Embroidery thread, machine or hand spun yarn for embroidery * Dental floss, used to clean teethComputing* Free and open source software, Free/Libre/Open Source Software …   Wikipedia

  • floss — [[t]flɔs, flɒs[/t]] n. 1) tex the cottony fiber yielded by the silk cotton tree 2) tex a) short untwisted silk filaments, often used to make embroidery thread b) embroidery thread of silk or fine cotton 3) any silky, filamentous matter, as the… …   From formal English to slang

  • floss — floss1 [flɔs US fla:s, flo:s] n [U] [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: Probably from Dutch vlos] 1.) a type of thin thread that you use for cleaning between your teeth = ↑dental floss 2.) a type of thin thread that you use for sewing floss 2 floss2 v [T]… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • floss — 1. SYN: dental f.. 2. To use dental f. in oral hygiene. dental f. an untwisted thread made from fine, short, silk or synthetic fibers, frequently waxed; used for cleansing interproximal spaces and between contact areas of the …   Medical dictionary

  • floss — 1. noun a) a thread, used to clean the area between the teeth embroidery floss b) (raw) silk fibres 2. verb a) …   Wiktionary

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