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a. A fine lustrous fiber composed mainly of fibroin and produced by certain insect larvae to form cocoons, especially the strong, elastic, fibrous secretion of silkworms used to make thread and fabric.
b. Thread or fabric made from this fiber.
c. A garment made from this fabric.
a. A silky filamentous material spun by a spider or an insect such as a webspinner.
b. A silky filamentous material produced by a plant, such as the styles forming a tuft on an ear of corn.
3. silks The brightly colored identifying garments of a jockey or harness driver.
Composed of or similar to the fiber or the fabric silk.
intr.v. silked, silk·ing, silks
To develop silk. Used of corn.

[Middle English, from Old English sioloc, probably of Slavic origin (akin to Old Church Slavonic šelkŭ), ultimately from Greek sērikon, neuter of sērikos, silken; see serge1.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.silks - the brightly colored garments of a jockeysilks - the brightly colored garments of a jockey; emblematic of the stable
garment - an article of clothing; "garments of the finest silk"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
References in classic literature ?
I meant to have told you that we did not wish to purchase any silks to-day, but in my absent-mindedness I forgot it.
The two black silks will be good stand-bys for years.
Maggie wondered at the splendor of the costume and lost herself in calculations of the cost of the silks and laces.
She conducted me to a spacious chamber in one of the buildings fronting on the plaza, and which, from the litter of silks and furs upon the floor, I took to be the sleeping quarters of several of the natives.
Undoubtedly it was oiled silk on the outside, and through the almost transparent covering could be seen the small arrows, or darts, used in the blow gun.
She looked down to see that her hand lay upon a pile of silk stockings.
She's going to a dance, and she's got the sweetest dress for it -- creamy yellow silk and cobwebby lace.
Though I say it mysel, there's not a better silk in the valley of Strathmore.
The storks were fast asleep, and he climbed on to the back of the father-stork and bound a silk cord round the joint of one of its wings, then he crept among its soft downy feathers and fell asleep.
Breeches of crimson velvet, silk stockings, and low, silver-buckled slippers completed his costume.
Leaves of the Nenuphars and silken skirts the same pale green, On flower and laughing face alike the same rose-tints are seen; Like some blurred tapestry they blend within the lake displayed: You cannot part the leaves from silk, the lily from the maid.
A pair of silk stockings, that pretty carved fan, and a lovely blue sash.