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wild silk

British. raw silk.
Origin of wild silk
An Americanism dating back to 1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The name is also applied to a variety of dress goods woven with a wild silk warp and a fine worsted weft.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • Still, the wild silk made by the moths of India is not carefully grown.

    The Story of Silk Sara Ware Bassett
  • Another suggestion is that the word is a corruption of pun-shih, a native or wild silk.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
British Dictionary definitions for wild silk

wild silk

silk produced by wild silkworms
a fabric made from this, or from short fibres of silk designed to imitate it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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