or tus·seh



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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for tussah

thread, fiber, taffeta, tulle, mantua, samite, tussore, pongee, sendal

Examples from the Web for tussah

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Historical Examples of tussah

  • Bengal has furnished the Tussah moth, which lives in India on the oak and a variety of other trees.

    Our Common Insects

    Alpheus Spring Packard

  • Over this is placed one braid of tussah silk and an outer braid of cotton.

  • The silk produced by the wild worms of China and India is called “tussah” (or “tussur”).


    William H. Dooley

  • The China silk was dissolved by this reagent; Tussah silk and the lustra-celluloses entirely resisted its action.