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tus·sah

 (tŭs′ə, tŭs′ô′) also tus·sore (tŭs′ôr′)
n.
1. An Asian silkworm, the larva of a large saturniid moth (Antheraea paphia), that produces a coarse brownish or yellowish silk.
2. The silk produced by this worm or a fabric woven from it.

[Hindi tasar, from Sanskrit tasaram, shuttle (probably from the shape of its cocoon); see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

tus•sah

or tus•seh

(ˈtʌs ə)

n.
1. a rough silk from India, commonly woven in its natural, undyed tan color. Compare Shantung (def. 2).
2. the silkworm of an Oriental moth of the genus Antheraea, as A. mylitta, that produces this silk.
[1580–90; earlier tusser < Hindi tasar shuttle; compare Skt tasara, trasara kind of silkworm]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tussah - oriental moth that produces brownish silktussah - oriental moth that produces brownish silk
saturniid, saturniid moth - large brightly colored and usually tropical moth; larvae spin silken cocoons
Antheraea, genus Antheraea - large moths whose larvae produce silk of high quality
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