corn silk


corn silk
noun
each of the long filamentous styles that grow as a silky tuft at the tip of an ear of Indian corn
Syn: ↑cornsilk
Hypernyms: ↑style

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noun
: the silky styles on an ear of Indian corn

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the long, threadlike, silky styles on an ear of corn.
[1850-55]

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corn silk noun (N American)
The silky tuft at the tip of an ear of maize, formerly used as a diuretic
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Main Entry:corn

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corn silk,
the glossy threads or styles at the end of an ear of corn.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • corn silk — /ˈkɔn sɪlk/ (say kawn silk) noun the fresh styles and stigmas of Zea mays, used in medicine as a diuretic …   Australian English dictionary

  • corn silk — noun Date: 1846 the silky styles on an ear of Indian corn …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • corn silk — the long, threadlike, silky styles on an ear of corn. [1850 55] * * * …   Universalium

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  • silk — (n.) O.E. sioloc, seoloc silk, ultimately from an Asian word (Cf. Chinese si silk, Manchurian sirghe, Mongolian sirkek) borrowed into Gk. as serikos silken, serikon silk (Cf. Gk. Seres, a name for an oriental people from whom the Greeks got silk) …   Etymology dictionary

  • silk|er — «SIHL kuhr», noun. 1. a person or thing that embroiders (as the back of a glove) in silk. 2. a person or thing that extracts silk from the cut kernels of corn …   Useful english dictionary

  • silk — silklike, adj. /silk/, n. 1. the soft, lustrous fiber obtained as a filament from the cocoon of the silkworm. 2. thread made from this fiber. 3. cloth made from this fiber. 4. a garment of this cloth. 5. a gown of such material worn distinctively …   Universalium