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corn silk

the long, threadlike, silky styles on an ear of corn.
Origin of corn silk
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The week before he was trying to blow bubbles with it, only he had corn-silk in it then instead of soapsuds.

    Mollie and the Unwiseman John Kendrick Bangs
  • Her hair, bleached the color of corn-silk, fell over her face in elfin wildness.

    The Valiants of Virginia Hallie Erminie Rives
  • Ah, Sor Conte, she had blue eyes, and her hair was like the corn-silk.

    A Roman Singer F. Marion Crawford
  • From velvet muzzle to sweeping tail, from mottled croup to fetlocks, she shone in the sunlight like corn-silk.

  • Well, the summer has gathered up her corn-silk draperies, put on her rose-trimmed hat, and tripped over the border land at last.

  • Her pale blue eyes, like the painted eyes of a china doll, were red with constant tears under their corn-silk lashes.

    Tharon of Lost Valley Vingie E. Roe
  • Can you put the corn-silk back on the corn, or the down on the catkins—say?

    Our Boys Various
  • He took out his pipe and filled it from a handful of corn-silk in his jumper pocket.

  • But then "her eyes were blue as morning-glories and her hair was jist like corn-silk, so yaller and fluffy."

    Letters of a Woman Homesteader Elinore Pruitt Stewart
  • The postmaster was one of the china-eyed, corn-silk Swedes, and he owned quite a bit of Goldstone.

    Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher Eleanor Gates
British Dictionary definitions for corn-silk

corn silk

(US & Canadian) the silky tuft of styles and stigmas at the tip of an ear of maize, formerly used as a diuretic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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