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tussah

[tuhs-uh] /ˈtʌs ə/
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] /ˈtʌs ər/ (Show IPA),
tussor, tussore, tussur.
Also called wild silk.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; earlier tusser < Hindi tasar shuttle < Sanskrit tasara, trasara kind of silkworm
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tussore

/tʊˈsɔː; ˈtʌsə/
noun
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
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi tasar shuttle, from Sanskrit tasara a wild silkworm
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