An Asian silkworm, the larva of a large saturniid moth (Antheraea paphia), that produces a coarse brownish or yellowish silk.
The silk produced by this worm or a fabric woven from it.
An Asian silkworm (Antheraea paphia) that feeds on oak leaves and produces coarse, brownish silk filaments.
Origin of tussah
- Hindi tasar from Sanskrit tasaram shuttle (probably from the shape of its cocoon) ten- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition