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spun silk

yarn produced by spinning silk waste and short, broken filaments from which the sericin has been removed.
Compare reeled silk.
a fabric woven from this yarn.
Origin of spun silk
1750-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It was as fine as spun silk, gleaming, vital and full of electricity—a live thing of itself, so it seemed to me.

    The City in the Clouds C. Ranger Gull
  • Her eyes were good, though a bit too shrewd, and her light brown hair was fluffy as spun silk.

    Aunt Jane's Nieces Abroad Edith Van Dyne
  • There is another class of threads made from waste silk by spinning and known as spun silk.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • Its sails were of spun silk, and each plank and mast was fashioned of ebony.

  • I was wearing under my flannel shirt an under-vest made of wool and spun silk.

    Trooper 3809 Lionel Decle
  • The leaf had been folded together, lined with spun silk, and lashed so strongly that the twig would break before the silken cable.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • Her tresses float lightly behind her; her tresses, like spun silk, hang as a veil about her shoulders.

    Istar of Babylon Margaret Horton Potter
  • And how did you get such most wonderful hair, like spun silk, every bit of it?

  • One was a great lock of nut-brown hair, full three feet long, as soft and fine as spun silk.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
  • It is fed principally on the Hera, or Palma christi leaves, and gives sometimes 12 broods of spun silk in the course of a year.

British Dictionary definitions for spun silk

spun silk

yarn or fabric made from silk waste
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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