tussah

tussah

[tuhs-uh]
noun
1.
a tan silk from India. Compare Shantung ( def 3 ).
2.
the silkworm of an oriental moth of the genus Antheraea, as A. mylitta, that produces this silk.
Also, tusseh, tusser [tuhs-er] , tussor, tussore, tussur.
Also called wild silk.


Origin:
1580–90; earlier tusser < Hindi tasar shuttle < Sanskrit tasara, trasara kind of silkworm

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tussore, chiefly (US) tusser or chiefly (US) tussah (tʊˈsɔː, ˈtʌsə)
 
n
1.  a strong coarse brownish Indian silk obtained from the cocoons of an Oriental saturniid silkworm, Antheraea paphia
2.  a fabric woven from this silk
3.  the silkworm producing this silk
 
[C17: from Hindi tasar shuttle, from Sanskrit tasara a wild silkworm]
 
tusser, chiefly (US) tusser or chiefly (US) tussah
 
n
 
[C17: from Hindi tasar shuttle, from Sanskrit tasara a wild silkworm]
 
tussah, chiefly (US) tusser or chiefly (US) tussah
 
n
 
[C17: from Hindi tasar shuttle, from Sanskrit tasara a wild silkworm]

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