corn silk

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noun

the long, threadlike, silky styles on an ear of corn.

Origin of corn silk

First recorded in 1850–55
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corn silk


noun

US and Canadian the silky tuft of styles and stigmas at the tip of an ear of maize, formerly used as a diuretic
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