- the long, threadlike, silky styles on an ear of corn.
Origin of corn silk
First recorded in 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for corn silk
Ah, Sor Conte, she had blue eyes, and her hair was like the corn-silk.A Roman Singer
F. Marion Crawford
Can you put the corn-silk back on the corn, or the down on the catkins—say?Our Boys
The week before he was trying to blow bubbles with it, only he had corn-silk in it then instead of soapsuds.Mollie and the Unwiseman
John Kendrick Bangs
Her hair, bleached the color of corn-silk, fell over her face in elfin wildness.The Valiants of Virginia
Hallie Erminie Rives
The pollen-tube must penetrate the whole length of each thread of corn-silk in order to reach the ovules.
- US and Canadian the silky tuft of styles and stigmas at the tip of an ear of maize, formerly used as a diuretic
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