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Princeton's WordNet

  1. silk(noun)

    a fabric made from the fine threads produced by certain insect larvae

  2. silk(noun)

    animal fibers produced by silkworms and other larvae that spin cocoons and by most spiders


  1. silk(Noun)

    A fine fiber excreted by the silkworm or other arthropod (such as a spider).

    The silk thread was barely visible.

  2. silk(Noun)

    A fine, soft cloth woven from silk fibers.

    I had a small square of silk, but it wasn't enough to make what I wanted.

  3. silk(Noun)

    The gown worn by a Senior (i.e. Queen's/King's) Counsel

  4. silk(Noun)

    a Senior (i.e. Queen's/King's) Counsel

  5. Origin: sioloc, seolc. The immediate source is uncertain; it probably reached English via the Baltic trade routes (cognates in Old Norse silki, Russian шёлк, obsolete Lithuanian zilkaĩ), all ultimately from sericum, neuter of sericus, from σηρικός, ultimately from an Oriental language (represented now by e.g. Chinese 絲). Compare Seres.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Silk(noun)

    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

  2. Silk(noun)

    hence, thread spun, or cloth woven, from the above-named material

  3. Silk(noun)

    that which resembles silk, as the filiform styles of the female flower of maize

  4. Origin: [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 stuff.]


  1. Silk

    Silk is a natural protein fibre, some forms of which can be woven into textiles. The protein fibre of silk is composed mainly of fibroin and produced by certain insect larvae to form cocoons. The best-known type of silk is obtained from the cocoons of the larvae of the mulberry silkworm Bombyx mori reared in captivity. The shimmering appearance of silk is due to the triangular prism-like structure of the silk fibre, which allows silk cloth to refract incoming light at different angles, thus producing different colors. Silks are produced by several other insects, but generally only the silk of moth caterpillars has been used for textile manufacturing. There has been some research into other silks, which differ at the molecular level. Many silks are mainly produced by the larvae of insects undergoing complete metamorphosis, but some adult insects such as webspinners produce silk, and some insects such as raspy crickets produce silk throughout their lives. Silk production also occurs in Hymenoptera, silverfish, mayflies, thrips, leafhoppers, beetles, lacewings, fleas, flies and midges. Other types of arthropod produce silk, most notably various arachnids such as spiders.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Silk

    A continuous protein fiber consisting primarily of FIBROINS. It is synthesized by a variety of INSECTS and ARACHNIDS.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'silk' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4080

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'silk' in Nouns Frequency: #1626

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Debra Jaliman:

    With a silk pillowcase, your skin slides on the pillow.

  2. Chinese Proverb:

    With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.

  3. Zhou Xiaochuan:

    In its essence, the Silk Road fund is not similar to the Marshall Plan.

  4. Alessandro Di Grazia:

    Using Italian silk is very important to us because we know who has made it and how. For our purposes we need extremely clean cocoons.

  5. Asa Barber:

    I think the potential for growing these crystal fibers is much higher [than spider silk] because it's just about growing them to a particular size, i think this is going to be a much greater opportunity for materials that have high strength.

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