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corn silk

noun
1.
the long, threadlike, silky styles on an ear of corn.
Origin of corn silk
1850-1855
1850-55
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  • "corn silk isn't brown until it gets old and dried," said his father.

  • "You have a fine, natural swing," said the Colonel in a tone soft as corn silk.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • Their beards were long and faded, and tangled like autumn corn silk.

    A Spoil of Office Hamlin Garland
  • In spring pink fringes like corn silk decorate the branches of certain box elder trees.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers
  • Eyes bluer than forget-me-nots, Jack; hair yellow as corn silk.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • The overalls are corn gold cloth, woven from leaves of ripe corn mixed with ripe October corn silk.

    Rootabaga Stories Carl Sandburg
British Dictionary definitions for corn silk

corn silk

noun
1.
(US & Canadian) the silky tuft of styles and stigmas at the tip of an ear of maize, formerly used as a diuretic
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