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tussah

[tuhs-uh] /ˈtʌs ə/
noun
1.
a tan silk from India.
Compare Shantung (def 2a).
2.
the silkworm of an oriental moth of the genus Antheraea, as A. mylitta, that produces this silk.
Also, tusser, tussor, tussur
[tuhs-er] /ˈtʌs ər/ (Show IPA),
tussore
[tuhs-awr, -ohr] /ˈtʌs ɔr, -oʊr/ (Show IPA)
.
Also called wild silk.
Origin of tussah
1580-1590
1580-90; earlier tusser < Hindi tasar shuttle < Sanskrit tasara, trasara kind of silkworm
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