Floss covered silkworm cocoons.
floss definition by Webster's New World
- the rough silk covering a silkworm's cocoon
- the short, downy waste fibers of silk
- a soft, loosely twisted thread or yarn, as of silk () or cotton, used in embroideryin full embroidery floss
- a soft, silky substance resembling floss, as in milkweed pods
- dental floss
Origin: earlier also flosh ; from French floche, downy, woolly (in soie floche, floss silk), ultimately ; from Classical Latin floccus: see floccus
floss definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Dental floss.
- Short or waste silk fibers, especially from the outer surface of the cocoon of a silkworm.
- Soft, loosely twisted thread, as of silk or cotton, used in embroidery.
- A downy or silky fibrous substance, such as corn silk or silk cotton.
Origin: Perhaps alteration of French floche, tuft of wool, from Old French floc, floche, from Latin floccus.
- flossˈer noun