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Meaning of SILK

Pronunciation:  silk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a fabric made from the fine threads produced by certain insect larvae
  2. [n]  fibers from silkworm cocoons provide threads for knitting

SILK is a 4 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: animal fiber, animal fibre, cloth, fabric, material, textile



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Silk\, n. [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
1. 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 larv[ae] of {Bombyx mori}.

2. Hence, thread spun, or cloth woven, from the above-named

3. That which resembles silk, as the filiform styles of the
   female flower of maize.

{Raw silk}, silk as it is wound off from the cocoons, and
   before it is manufactured.

{Silk cotton}, a cottony substance enveloping the seeds of
   the silk-cotton tree.

{Silk-cotton tree} (Bot.), a name for several tropical trees
   of the genera {Bombax} and {Eriodendron}, and belonging to
   the order {Bombace[ae]}. 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.

{Silk flower}. (Bot.)
   (a) The silk tree.
   (b) A similar tree ({Calliandra trinervia}) of Peru.

{Silk fowl} (Zo["o]l.), a breed of domestic fowls having
   silky plumage.

{Silk gland} (Zo["o]l.), a gland which secretes the material
   of silk, as in spider or a silkworm; a sericterium.

{Silk gown}, 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. [Eng.]

{Silk grass} (Bot.), 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 {Aqave} and {Yucca}.

{Silk moth} (Zo["o]l.), the adult moth of any silkworm. See

{Silk shag}, a coarse, rough-woven silk, like plush, but with
   a stiffer nap.

{Silk spider} (Zo["o]l.), 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

{Silk thrower}, {Silk throwster}, one who twists or spins
   silk, and prepares it for weaving. --Brande & C.

{Silk tree} (Bot.), 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 flower}.

{Silk vessel}. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Silk gland}, above.

{Virginia silk} (Bot.), a climbing plant ({Periploca
   Gr[ae]ca}) of the Milkweed family, having a silky tuft on
   the seeds. It is native in Southern Europe.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing or feeling silk in your dream, represents luxury, smoothness, and softness. Dreaming that you are wearing silk, suggests prestige. You will never lack the necessities of life.
Easton Bible Dictionary

Heb. demeshek, "damask," silk cloth manufactured at Damascus, Amos 3:12. A.V., "in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus in a couch;" R.V., "in the corner of a couch, and on the silken cushions of a bed" (marg., "in Damascus on a bed").

Heb. meshi, (Ezek. 16:10, 13, rendered "silk"). In Gen. 41:42 (marg. A.V.), Prov. 31:22 (R.V., "fine linen"), the word "silk" ought to be "fine linen."

Silk was common in New Testament times (Rev. 18:12).