- (uncountable) A fine fiber excreted by the silkworm or other arthropod (such as a spider).
- The thread was barely visible.
- (uncountable) A fine, soft cloth woven from silk fibers.
- I had a small square of , but it wasn't enough to make what I wanted.
- The gown worn by a Senior (i.e. Queen's/King's) Counsel
- (colloquial) a Senior (i.e. Queen's/King's) Counsel
Etymology: sioloc, seolc. The immediate source is uncertain; it probably reached English via the Baltic trade routes (cognates in Old Norse silki, Russian ÑÑ, obsolete Lithuanian zilkaÄ), all from or cognate with late Latin sericum, neuter of Latin sericus, from Greek , ultimately from an Oriental language (represented now by e.g. Chinese ç (sÄ) "silk"). Compare Seres.
- Dutch: zijde , zijdedoek
- French: soie
- German: Seide
- Italian: seta
- Spanish: seda
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