wild silk

  1. British. raw silk.

Origin of wild silk

An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800

Words Nearby wild silk

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How to use wild silk in a sentence

  • 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
  • Another suggestion is that the word is a corruption of pun-shih, a native or wild silk.

    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

British Dictionary definitions for wild silk

wild silk

  1. silk produced by wild silkworms

  2. a fabric made from this, or from short fibres of silk designed to imitate it

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