Webster 1913 Edition
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
Hence, thread spun, or cloth woven, from the above-named material.
That which resembles silk, as the filiform styles of the female flower of maize.
silk as it is wound off from the cocoons, and before it is manufactured.–
a cottony substance enveloping the seeds of the silk-cotton tree.–
a name for several tropical trees of the genera–
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.
The silk tree.
A similar tree (–
Calliandra trinervia) of Peru.
a breed of domestic fowls having silky plumage.–
a gland which secretes the material of silk, as in spider or a silkworm; a sericterium.–
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.
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
the adult moth of any silkworm. See–
a coarse, rough-woven silk, like plush, but with a stiffer nap.–
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.
one who twists or spins silk, and prepares it for weaving.
Brande & C.–
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 gland, above.
a climbing plant (
Periploca Græca) of the Milkweed family, having a silky tuft on the seeds. It is native in Southern Europe.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.The fine soft thread produced by the insect called silk-worm or bombyx. That which we ordinarily call silk, is a thread composed of several finer threads which the worm draws from its bowels, like the web of a spider, and with which the silk-worm envelopes itself, forming what is called a cocoon.
2.Cloth made of silk. In this sense, the word has a plural, silks, denoting different sort and varieties, as black silk, white silk, colored silks.
3.The filiform style of the female flower of maiz, which resembles real silk in fineness and softness. Virginia silk, a plant of the genus Periploca, which climbs and winds about other plants, trees, &c.