- 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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