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 for Silk
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Floss \Floss\ (?; 195), n. [It. floscio flabby, soft, fr. L.
     fluxus flowing, loose, slack. See Flux, n.]
     1. (Bot.) The slender styles of the pistillate flowers of
        maize; also called silk.
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     2. Untwisted filaments of silk, used in embroidering.
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     3. A body feather of an ostrich. Flosses are soft, and gray
        from the female and black from the male.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     Floss silk, silk that has been twisted, and which retains
        its loose and downy character. It is much used in
        embroidery. Called also floxed silk.
     Floss thread, a kind of soft flaxen yarn or thread, used
        for embroidery; -- called also linen floss, and floss
        yarn. --McElrath.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Silk \Silk\, n. [OE. silk, selk, AS. seolc, seoloc; akin to
     Icel. silki, SW. & Dan. silke; prob. through Slavic from an
     Oriental source; cf. Lith. szilkai, Russ. shelk', and also L.
     sericum Seric stuff, silk. Cf. Sericeous. Serge a woolen
     1. The fine, soft thread produced by various species of
        caterpillars in forming the cocoons within which the worm
        is inclosed during the pupa state, especially that
        produced by the larvae of Bombyx mori.
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     2. Hence, thread spun, or cloth woven, from the above-named
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     3. That which resembles silk, as the filiform styles of the
        female flower of maize.
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     Raw silk, silk as it is wound off from the cocoons, and
        before it is manufactured.
     Silk cotton, a cottony substance enveloping the seeds of
        the silk-cotton tree.
     Silk-cotton tree (Bot.), a name for several tropical trees
        of the genera Bombax and Eriodendron, and belonging to
        the order Bombaceae. The trees grow to an immense size,
        and have their seeds enveloped in a cottony substance,
        which is used for stuffing cushions, but can not be spun.
     Silk flower. (Bot.)
        (a) The silk tree.
        (b) A similar tree ({Calliandra trinervia) of Peru.
     Silk fowl (Zool.), a breed of domestic fowls having silky
     Silk gland (Zool.), a gland which secretes the material of
        silk, as in spider or a silkworm; a sericterium.
     Silk gown, the distinctive robe of a barrister who has been
        appointed king's or queen's counsel; hence, the counsel
        himself. Such a one has precedence over mere barristers,
        who wear stuff gowns. [Eng.]
     Silk+grass+(Bot.),+a+kind+of+grass+({Stipa+comata">Silk grass (Bot.), a kind of grass ({Stipa comata) of the
        Western United States, which has very long silky awns. The
        name is also sometimes given to various species of the
        genera Aqave and Yucca.
     Silk moth (Zool.), the adult moth of any silkworm. See
     Silk shag, a coarse, rough-woven silk, like plush, but with
        a stiffer nap.
     Silk+spider+(Zool.),+a+large+spider+({Nephila+plumipes">Silk spider (Zool.), a large spider ({Nephila plumipes),
        native of the Southern United States, remarkable for the
        large quantity of strong silk it produces and for the
        great disparity in the sizes of the sexes.
     Silk thrower, Silk throwster, one who twists or spins
        silk, and prepares it for weaving. --Brande & C.
     Silk tree (Bot.), an Asiatic leguminous tree ({Albizzia
        Julibrissin) with finely bipinnate leaves, and large flat
        pods; -- so called because of the abundant long silky
        stamens of its blossoms. Also called silk flower.
     Silk vessel. (Zool.) Same as Silk gland, above.
     Virginia silk (Bot.), a climbing plant ({Periploca
        Gr[ae]ca) of the Milkweed family, having a silky tuft on
        the seeds. It is native in Southern Europe.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a fabric made from the fine threads produced by certain
           insect larvae
      2: animal fibers produced by silkworms and other larvae that
         spin cocoons and by most spiders

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  109 Moby Thesaurus words for "silk":
     AG, DA, KC, QC, SSC, US attorney, alabaster, attorney general,
     billiard table, blubber, bowling alley, bowling green, breeze,
     butter, civilian, clay, cloth, corporation lawyer,
     court-appointed lawyer, criminal lawyer, cushion, daintiness,
     defense counsel, delicacy, district attorney, dough, down,
     downiness, drapery, eiderdown, etoffe, fabric, feather bed,
     feathers, felt, filminess, fine-grainedness, fineness, flat,
     fleece, floss, flue, fluff, fluffiness, foam, fuzz, fuzziness,
     glass, goods, gossameriness, ice, ivory, junior counsel, kapok,
     lace, law agent, leader, level, mahogany, marble, material,
     mouthpiece, napery, peach fuzz, pillow, plane, plush,
     private attorney, prosecuting attorney, prosecutor, pubescence,
     public prosecutor, publicist, pudding, puff, putty, rag,
     refinement, rubber, satin, satininess, silk gown, silkiness, slide,
     smooth, smoothness, softness, solicitor general, special pleader,
     stuff, stuff gown, stuff-gownsman, swansdown, tennis court,
     textile, textile fabric, texture, thistledown, tissu, tissue,
     velvet, velvetiness, wax, weave, web, weft, woof, wool, zephyr

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     Heb. demeshek, "damask," silk cloth manufactured at Damascus,
     Amos 3:12. A.V., "in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus in a
     couch;" R.V., "in the corner of a couch, and on the silken
     cushions of a bed" (marg., "in Damascus on a bed").
       Heb. meshi, (Ezek. 16:10, 13, rendered "silk"). In Gen. 41:42
     (marg. A.V.), Prov. 31:22 (R.V., "fine linen"), the word "silk"
     ought to be "fine linen."
       Silk was common in New Testament times (Rev. 18:12).

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