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A performer using silks

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English silk, sylk, selk, selc, from Old English sioloc, seoloc, seolc(silk). The immediate source is uncertain; it probably reached English via the Baltic trade routes (cognates in Old Norse silki (> Danish silke, Swedish silke(silk)), Russian шёлк(šolk), obsolete Lithuanian zilkaĩ), all ultimately from Late Latin sēricus, from Ancient Greek σηρικός(sērikós), ultimately from an Oriental language (represented now by e.g. Chinese (, silk)). Compare Seres.

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NounEdit

silk ‎(plural silks)

  1. (uncountable) A fine fiber excreted by the silkworm or other arthropod (such as a spider).
    The silk thread was barely visible.
  2. 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. That which resembles silk, such as the filiform styles of the female flower of maize.
  4. The gown worn by a Senior (i.e. Queen's/King's) Counsel.
  5. (colloquial) A Senior (i.e. Queen's/King's) Counsel.
  6. (circus arts, in the plural) A pair of long silk sheets suspended in the air on which a performer performs tricks.
  7. (horse racing, chiefly in the plural) The garments worn by a jockey displaying the colors of the horse's owner.

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AdjectiveEdit

silk ‎(not comparable)

  1. Made of silk.
    • 1907, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, “chapter I”, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 4241346:
      It was flood-tide along Fifth Avenue; motor, brougham, and victoria swept by on the glittering current; pretty women glanced out from limousine and tonneau; young men of his own type, silk-hatted, frock-coated, the crooks of their walking sticks tucked up under their left arms, passed on the Park side.
  2. Looking like silk, silken.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 2, in The China Governess[1]:
      Now that she had rested and had fed from the luncheon tray Mrs. Broome had just removed, she had reverted to her normal gaiety.  She looked cool in a grey tailored cotton dress with a terracotta scarf and shoes and her hair a black silk helmet.

VerbEdit

silk ‎(third-person singular simple present silks, present participle silking, simple past and past participle silked)

  1. (transitive) To remove the silk from (corn).
    • 2013, Lynetra T. Griffin, From Whence We Came (page 17)
      While we shucked and silked the corn, we talked, sang old nursery rhymes []

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