Definitions for excelsiorɪkˈsɛl si ər, ɛk-
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ex•cel•si•orɪkˈsɛl si ər, ɛk-(n.)
fine wood shavings, used for stuffing, packing, etc.
a 3-point printing type: a size smaller than brilliant.
Origin of excelsior:
1770–80, Amer.; formerly a trademark
Category: Foreign Term
excelsior, wood shavings(noun)
thin curly wood shavings used for packing or stuffing
An originally trademarked name for stuffing material (as for furniture and mattresses) made of slender, curled wood shavings, as a substitute for hair.
Loftier, yet higher; ever upward
Origin: From excelsior, comparative of excelsus.
more lofty; still higher; ever upward
a kind of stuffing for upholstered furniture, mattresses, etc., in which curled shreds of wood are substituted for curled hair