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 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 yarn — floss yarn, a soft, slightly twisted yarn made from floss silk …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 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… …   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 — 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]flɒ̱s, AM flɔ͟ːs[/t]] flosses, flossing, flossed 1) N UNCOUNT You can use floss to refer to fine soft threads of some kind. → See also , dental floss Craft Resources also sells yarn and embroidery floss. 2) VERB When you floss, you use a… …   English dictionary

  • linen floss — 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

  • dental floss — noun a soft thread for cleaning the spaces between the teeth • Syn: ↑floss • Derivationally related forms: ↑floss (for: ↑floss) • Hypernyms: ↑thread, ↑yarn …   Useful english dictionary

  • Spun yarn — Spun Spun (sp[u^]n), imp. & p. p. of {Spin}. [1913 Webster] {Spun hay}, hay twisted into ropes for convenient carriage, as on a military expedition. {Spun silk}, a cheap article produced from floss, or short fibered, broken, and waste silk,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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