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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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Silk

    silk, n. the delicate, soft thread produced by the larvæ of certain bombycid moths which feed on the leaves of the mulberry, &c.: thread or cloth woven from it: anything resembling silk, the styles of maize, the silky lustre in the ruby, &c.—adj. pertaining to, or consisting of, silk.—n. Silk′-cott′on, the silky seed-covering of various species of Bombax.—adjs. Silk′en, made of silk: dressed in silk: resembling silk: soft: delicate; Silk′-fig′ured, having the ornamental pattern in silk.—ns. Silk′-gown, or The silk, the robe of a queen's or king's counsel, instead of the stuff-gown of the ordinary barrister—hence 'to take silk'=to be appointed Q.C.; Silk′-grass, Adam's needle, or bear-grass; Silk′iness; Silk′-man (Shak.), a dealer in silks; Silk′-mer′cer, a mercer or dealer in silks; Silk′-mill, a mill for the manufacture of silks; Silk′-pa′per, tissue-paper; Silk′-reel, a machine in which raw silk is unwound from the cocoons, and wound into a thread; Silk′-throw′er, -throw′ster, one who manufactures thrown-silk or organzine, silk thread formed by twisting together two or more threads or singles; Silk′-weav′er, a weaver of silk stuffs; Silk′worm, the bombycid moth whose larva produces silk; Silk′worm-gut, a material used by anglers for dressing the hook-end of the fishing-line, consisting of the drawn-out glands of the silkworm when these are fully distended.—adj. Silk′y, like silk in texture: soft: smooth: glossy. [A.S. seolc—L. sericum—Gr. sērikon, neut. of adj. Sērikos, pertaining to the SēresSēr, a native of China.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. silk

    A natural protein fibre.

    Silk is produced by silkworms and other insects who have a cocoon.

  2. silk

    A type of thin thread.

    Silk is gathered and used to make thread and cloth.

  3. silk

    A type of cloth or fabric.

    Silk is used to make clothing e.g. shirts and blouses.

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of silk in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of silk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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. Salama Mahmoud Salama:

    At first Egypt traded in cotton and silk now they import so the industry is weak, before there was funding by the government.

  5. 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.

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