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tussah

or tus·seh

[tuhs-uh]
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noun
  1. a tan silk from India.Compare Shantung(def 2a).
  2. the silkworm of an oriental moth of the genus Antheraea, as A. mylitta, that produces this silk.
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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

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for tussore

tussore

tusser (ˈtʌsə) or mainly US tussah (ˈtʌsə)

noun
  1. a strong coarse brownish Indian silk obtained from the cocoons of an Oriental saturniid silkworm, Antheraea paphia
  2. a fabric woven from this silk
  3. the silkworm producing this silk
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Word Origin

C17: from Hindi tasar shuttle, from Sanskrit tasara a wild silkworm
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