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raw silk

noun
1.
reeled silk that has not had the sericin removed.
Origin of raw silk
1300-1350
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50
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Historical Examples
  • Most of the raw silk of commerce is produced in China, Japan, and Italy.

    Textiles

    William H. Dooley
  • We import our raw silk chiefly from Italy, China, and Japan.

    Textiles

    William H. Dooley
  • Why not fabricate her own raw silk, and send it to market ready for wear?

    East of Suez Frederic Courtland Penfield
  • Shang-Hae is the principal port in the Empire for the export of raw silk.

  • To prepare the warp, two threads of raw silk are slightly twisted.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • You're too deep in now to draw back; and besides, who can swear to raw silk?

    Miss Grantley's Girls

    Thomas Archer
  • I want you to tell me why the twisting of raw silk into thread is called throwing.

    The Story of Silk Sara Ware Bassett
  • But why don't the Americans reel their own raw silk, then, instead of importing it?

    The Story of Silk Sara Ware Bassett
  • Tyre, for example, worked the raw silk of China, dyed and exported it.

  • It takes three thousand silkworms to spin a pound of raw silk.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
British Dictionary definitions for raw silk

raw silk

noun
1.
untreated silk fibres reeled from the cocoon
2.
fabric woven from such fibres
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