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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Silk  \Silk\,  n.  [OE.  silk,  selk,  AS  seolc  seoloc  akin  to 
  Icel.  silki,  SW  &  Dan.  silke;  prob.  through  Slavic  from  an 
  Oriental  source;  cf  Lith.  szilkai  Russ.  shelk',  and  also  L. 
  sericum  Seric  stuff,  silk.  Cf  {Sericeous}.  {Serge}  a  woolen 
  1.  The  fine,  soft  thread  produced  by  various  species  of 
  caterpillars  in  forming  the  cocoons  within  which  the  worm 
  is  inclosed  during  the  pupa  state,  especially  that 
  produced  by  the  larv[ae]  of  {Bombyx  mori}. 
  2.  Hence  thread  spun,  or  cloth  woven,  from  the  above-named 
  3.  That  which  resembles  silk,  as  the  filiform  styles  of  the 
  female  flower  of  maize. 
  {Raw  silk},  silk  as  it  is  wound  off  from  the  cocoons,  and 
  before  it  is  manufactured. 
  {Silk  cotton},  a  cottony  substance  enveloping  the  seeds  of 
  the  silk-cotton  tree. 
  {Silk-cotton  tree}  (Bot.),  a  name  for  several  tropical  trees 
  of  the  genera  {Bombax}  and  {Eriodendron},  and  belonging  to 
  the  order  {Bombace[ae]}.  The  trees  grow  to  an  immense 
  size,  and  have  their  seeds  enveloped  in  a  cottony 
  substance,  which  is  used  for  stuffing  cushions,  but  can 
  not  be  spun. 
  {Silk  flower}.  (Bot.) 
  a  The  silk  tree. 
  b  A  similar  tree  ({Calliandra  trinervia})  of  Peru. 
  {Silk  fowl}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  breed  of  domestic  fowls  having 
  silky  plumage. 
  {Silk  gland}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  gland  which  secretes  the  material 
  of  silk,  as  in  spider  or  a  silkworm;  a  sericterium. 
  {Silk  gown},  the  distinctive  robe  of  a  barrister  who  has  been 
  appointed  king's  or  queen's  counsel;  hence  the  counsel 
  himself.  Such  a  one  has  precedence  over  mere  barristers, 
  who  wear  stuff  gowns.  [Eng.] 
  {Silk  grass}  (Bot.),  a  kind  of  grass  ({Stipa  comata})  of  the 
  Western  United  States,  which  has  very  long  silky  awns.  The 
  name  is  also  sometimes  given  to  various  species  of  the 
  genera  {Aqave}  and  {Yucca}. 
  {Silk  moth}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  adult  moth  of  any  silkworm.  See 
  {Silk  shag},  a  coarse,  rough-woven  silk,  like  plush,  but  with 
  a  stiffer  nap. 
  {Silk  spider}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  large  spider  ({Nephila 
  plumipes}),  native  of  the  Southern  United  States, 
  remarkable  for  the  large  quantity  of  strong  silk  it 
  produces  and  for  the  great  disparity  in  the  sizes  of  the 
  {Silk  thrower},  {Silk  throwster},  one  who  twists  or  spins 
  silk,  and  prepares  it  for  weaving.  --Brande  &  C. 
  {Silk  tree}  (Bot.),  an  Asiatic  leguminous  tree  ({Albizzia 
  Julibrissin})  with  finely  bipinnate  leaves,  and  large  flat 
  pods;  --  so  called  because  of  the  abundant  long  silky 
  stamens  of  its  blossoms.  Also  called  {silk  flower}. 
  {Silk  vessel}.  (Zo["o]l.)  Same  as  {Silk  gland},  above. 
  {Virginia  silk}  (Bot.),  a  climbing  plant  ({Periploca 
  Gr[ae]ca})  of  the  Milkweed  family,  having  a  silky  tuft  on 
  the  seeds.  It  is  native  in  Southern  Europe. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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}. 
  2.  Untwisted  filaments  of  silk,  used  in  embroidering. 
  {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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  fabric  made  from  the  fine  threads  produced  by  certain 
  insect  larvae 
  2:  fibers  from  silkworm  cocoons  provide  threads  for  knitting 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  Heb.  demeshek  "damask,"  silk  cloth  manufactured  at  Damascus, 
  Amos  3:12.  A.V.,  "in  the  corner  of  a  bed,  and  in  Damascus  in  a 
  couch;"  R.V.,  "in  the  corner  of  a  couch,  and  on  the  silken 
  cushions  of  a  bed"  (marg.,  "in  Damascus  on  a  bed"). 
  Heb.  meshi,  (Ezek.  16:10,  13,  rendered  "silk").  In  Gen.  41:42 
  (marg.  A.V.),  Prov.  31:22  (R.V.,  "fine  linen"),  the  word  silk" 
  ought  to  be  "fine  linen." 
  Silk  was  common  in  New  Testament  times  (Rev.  18:12). 

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