silk

[ silk ]
/ sɪlk /

noun

adjective

verb (used without object)

(of corn) to be in the course of developing silk.

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Idioms for silk

    hit the silk, Slang. to parachute from an aircraft; bail out.
    take silk, British. to become a Queen's or King's Counsel.

Origin of silk

First recorded before 900; Middle English noun selk, seolk, solk, Old English sioloc, seol(o)c (cognate with Old Norse silki, Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish silke, but not found in other Germanic languages), by uncertain transmission from Latin sērica, noun use of neuter plural adjective sēricus, or from Greek sērikón “silk,” noun use of neuter of sērikós “silken,” literally, “Chinese,” derivative of Latin Sēres, Greek Sêres “the Chinese”; Germanic, Slavic (Old Church Slavonic shelkŭ, Russian shëlk ) and Baltic (Lithuanian šilkai ) all show unexplained change of r to l); cf. seric-

OTHER WORDS FROM silk

silklike, adjectivehalf-silk, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for silk

silk
/ (sɪlk) /

noun

verb

(intr) US and Canadian (of maize) to develop long hairlike styles

Derived forms of silk

silklike, adjective

Word Origin for silk

Old English sioluc; compare Old Norse silki, Greek sērikon, Korean sir; all ultimately from Chinese ssǔ silk
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Scientific definitions for silk

silk
[ sĭlk ]

A fiber produced by silkworms to form cocoons. Silk is strong, flexible, and fibrous, and is essentially a long continuous strand of protein. It is widely used to make thread and fabric.
A substance similar to the silk of the silkworm but produced by other insect larvae or by spiders to spin webs.
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Idioms and Phrases with silk

silk

see can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear; smooth as silk.

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