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Definition: Silk gown
, n. [OE. silk, selk, AS. seolc, seoloc; akin to
Icel. silki, SW. & Dan. silke; prob. through Slavic from an
Oriental source; cf. Lith. szilkai, Russ. shelk', and also L.
sericum Seric stuff, silk. Cf. Sericeous
1. The fine, soft thread produced by various species of
caterpillars in forming the cocoons within which the worm
is inclosed during the pupa state, especially that
produced by the larv[ae] of Bombyx mori
2. Hence, thread spun, or cloth woven, from the above-named
3. That which resembles silk, as the filiform styles of the
female flower of maize.
, silk as it is wound off from the cocoons, and
before it is manufactured.
, a cottony substance enveloping the seeds of
the silk-cotton tree.
(Bot.), a name for several tropical trees
of the genera Bombax
, and belonging to
the order Bombace[ae]
. The trees grow to an immense
size, and have their seeds enveloped in a cottony
substance, which is used for stuffing cushions, but can
not be spun.
(a) The silk tree.
(b) A similar tree (Calliandra trinervia
) of Peru.
(Zo["o]l.), a breed of domestic fowls having
(Zo["o]l.), a gland which secretes the material
of silk, as in spider or a silkworm; a sericterium.
, the distinctive robe of a barrister who has been
appointed king's or queen's counsel; hence, the counsel
himself. Such a one has precedence over mere barristers,
who wear stuff gowns. [Eng.]
(Bot.), a kind of grass (Stipa comata
) of the
Western United States, which has very long silky awns. The
name is also sometimes given to various species of the
(Zo["o]l.), the adult moth of any silkworm. See
, a coarse, rough-woven silk, like plush, but with
a stiffer nap.
(Zo["o]l.), a large spider (Nephila plumipes
), native of the Southern United States,
remarkable for the large quantity of strong silk it
produces and for the great disparity in the sizes of the
, Silk throwster
, one who twists or spins
silk, and prepares it for weaving. --Brande & C.
(Bot.), an Asiatic leguminous tree (Albizzia Julibrissin
) with finely bipinnate leaves, and large flat
pods; -- so called because of the abundant long silky
stamens of its blossoms. Also called silk flower
. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Silk gland
(Bot.), a climbing plant (Periploca Gr[ae]ca
) of the Milkweed family, having a silky tuft on
the seeds. It is native in Southern Europe.
, n. [OF. estoffe, F. ['e]toffe; of uncertain
origin, perhaps of Teutonic origin and akin to E. stop, v.t.
, v. t.]
1. Material which is to be worked up in any process of
For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the
work to make it, and too much. --Ex. xxxvi.
Ambitions should be made of sterner stuff. --Shak.
The workman on his stuff his skill doth show,
And yet the stuff gives not the man his skill. --Sir
2. The fundamental material of which anything is made up;
elemental part; essence.
Yet do I hold it very stuff o' the conscience
To do no contrived murder. --Shak.
3. Woven material not made into garments; fabric of any kind;
specifically, any one of various fabrics of wool or
worsted; sometimes, worsted fiber.
What stuff wilt have a kirtle of? --Shak.
It [the arras] was of stuff and silk mixed, though,
superior kinds were of silk exclusively. --F. G.
4. Furniture; goods; domestic vessels or utensils.
He took away locks, and gave away the king's stuff.
5. A medicine or mixture; a potion. --Shak.
6. Refuse or worthless matter; hence, also, foolish or
irrational language; nonsense; trash.
Anger would indite
Such woeful stuff as I or Shadwell write. --Dryden.
7. (Naut.) A melted mass of turpentine, tallow, etc., with
which the masts, sides, and bottom of a ship are smeared
for lubrication. --Ham. Nav.
8. Paper stock ground ready for use.
Note: When partly ground, called half stuff. --Knight.
. See under Clear
(Naut.), all kinds of small cordage. --Ham.
, the distinctive garb of a junior barrister;
hence, a junior barrister himself. See Silk gown