An example of silk is the fabric of a traditional kimono.
An example of silk is smooth and creamy chocolate truffles; silk truffles.
- to parachute from an aircraft
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Origin of silk
- Middle English from Old English sioloc probably of Slavic origin (akin to Old Church Slavonic šelkŭ) ultimately from Greek sērikon neuter of sērikos silken serge1
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Old English sioloc, seolc. The immediate source is uncertain; it probably reached English via the Baltic trade routes (cognates in Old Norse silki, Russian шёлк (Å¡olk), obsolete Lithuanian zilkaÄ©), all ultimately from Late Latin sÄ“ricus, from Latin sericus, from Ancient Greek σηρικός (serikos), ultimately from an Oriental language (represented now by e.g. Chinese çµ² (sÄ«, “silk")). Compare Seres.