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or tusseh

[tuhs-uh] /ˈtʌs ə/
a tan silk from India.
Compare Shantung (def 2a).
the silkworm of an oriental moth of the genus Antheraea, as A. mylitta, that produces this silk.
Also, tusser, tussor, tussur
[tuhs-er] /ˈtʌs ər/ (Show IPA),
[tuhs-awr, -ohr] /ˈtʌs ɔr, -oʊr/ (Show IPA)
Also called wild silk.
Origin of tussah
1580-90; earlier tusser < Hindi tasar shuttle < Sanskrit tasara, trasara kind of silkworm Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Bengal has furnished the tussah moth, which lives in India on the oak and a variety of other trees.

    Our Common Insects Alpheus Spring Packard
  • The silk produced by the wild worms of China and India is called “tussah” (or “tussur”).

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • Over this is placed one braid of tussah silk and an outer braid of cotton.

  • The China silk was dissolved by this reagent; tussah silk and the lustra-celluloses entirely resisted its action.

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