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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for tussore
Historical Examples
  • The yoke is of green embroidery and the underslip is tussore.

    The Heritage of Dress Wilfred Mark Webb
  • He made her his bow, plying a broad straw hat and a billowy handkerchief of tussore silk.

  • She had on her tussore in saxe-blue, trimmed with guipure lace, and was as pretty as ever, and as sad.

    A Likely Story William De Morgan
  • We had frocks of tussore silk, with bouquets of orchids and Penelope Boothby caps.

  • Kemps and tussore were given their liberty soon after corn planting time.

  • Nothing further is recorded as to the fate of tussore, sometimes called Kinsock.

  • Hilda's is a tussore silk, frightfully sweet, and I had a blouse with a lot of Carrickmacross lace on it.

    Lalage's Lovers George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for tussore


/tʊˈsɔː; ˈtʌsə/
a strong coarse brownish Indian silk obtained from the cocoons of an Oriental saturniid silkworm, Antheraea paphia
a fabric woven from this silk
the silkworm producing this silk
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi tasar shuttle, from Sanskrit tasara a wild silkworm
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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