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corn silk

the long, threadlike, silky styles on an ear of corn.
Origin of corn silk
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Eyes bluer than forget-me-nots, Jack; hair yellow as corn silk.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • Their beards were long and faded, and tangled like autumn corn silk.

    A Spoil of Office Hamlin Garland
  • "You have a fine, natural swing," said the Colonel in a tone soft as corn silk.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • In spring pink fringes like corn silk decorate the branches of certain box elder trees.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The overalls are corn gold cloth, woven from leaves of ripe corn mixed with ripe October corn silk.

    Rootabaga Stories Carl Sandburg
  • "corn silk isn't brown until it gets old and dried," said his father.

British Dictionary definitions for corn silk

corn silk

(US & Canadian) the silky tuft of styles and stigmas at the tip of an ear of maize, formerly used as a diuretic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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