- 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 tussore
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.Where the Pavement Ends
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.Agriculture in Virginia, 1607-1699
tusser (ˈtʌsə) or mainly US tussah (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
C17: from Hindi tasar shuttle, from Sanskrit tasara a wild silkworm
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