- 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 tus·ser, tus·sor, tus·sur [tuhs-er] /ˈtʌs ər/, tus·sore [tuhs-awr, -ohr] /ˈtʌs ɔr, -oʊr/.
Origin of tussah
1580–90; earlier tusser < Hindi tasar shuttle < Sanskrit tasara, trasara kind of silkworm
Also called wild silk.
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Examples from the Web for tussah
But give 13-year-old Tussah Heera credit: How would you do on national television if you were asked to spell “herniorrhaphy”?7 Best Moments from the Scripps National Spelling Bee
The Daily Beast Video
May 29, 2009
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
Over this is placed one braid of tussah silk and an outer braid of cotton.Cyclopedia of Telephony & Telegraphy Vol. 1
The silk produced by the wild worms of China and India is called “tussah” (or “tussur”).Textiles
William H. Dooley
The China silk was dissolved by this reagent; Tussah silk and the lustra-celluloses entirely resisted its action.Researches on Cellulose
C. F. Cross