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reeled silk

a long strand made of silk reeled from a number of cocoons and not twisted or thrown.
Compare spun silk (def 1).
Origin of reeled silk
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is far less expensive for American merchants to import the reeled silk for their looms.

    The Story of Silk Sara Ware Bassett
  • There are two kinds of silk raw silk (reeled silk, thrown silk, drawn silk), and waste silk or spun silk.

    Vegetable Dyes

    Ethel M. Mairet
  • This needs skill and practice, for the reeled silk must be kept of the same size.

    Makers of Many Things Eva March Tappan

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