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spun silk

yarn produced by spinning silk waste and short, broken filaments from which the sericin has been removed.
Compare reeled silk.
a fabric woven from this yarn.
Origin of spun silk
First recorded in 1750-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Her eyes were good, though a bit too shrewd, and her light brown hair was fluffy as spun silk.

    Aunt Jane's Nieces Abroad

    Edith Van Dyne
  • Its sails were of spun silk, and each plank and mast was fashioned of ebony.

  • One was a great lock of nut-brown hair, full three feet long, as soft and fine as spun silk.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
  • The leaf had been folded together, lined with spun silk, and lashed so strongly that the twig would break before the silken cable.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • And how did you get such most wonderful hair, like spun silk, every bit of it?

  • Her black hair was fine as spun silk; the coil under her hat-brim shone as she moved.

  • It is fed principally on the Hera, or Palma christi leaves, and gives sometimes 12 broods of spun silk in the course of a year.

  • I was wearing under my flannel shirt an under-vest made of wool and spun silk.

    Trooper 3809 Lionel Decle
  • There is another class of threads made from waste silk by spinning and known as spun silk.


    William H. Dooley
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for spun silk

spun silk

yarn or fabric made from silk waste
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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