silk cotton

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n silk cotton a plant fiber from the kapok tree; used for stuffing and insulation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: More than 5,000 years ago, the Chinese discovered how to make silk from silkworm cocoons. For about 3,000 years, the Chinese kept this discovery a secret. Because poor people could not afford real silk, they tried to make other cloth look silky. Women would beat on cotton with sticks to soften the fibers. Then they rubbed it against a big stone to make it shiny. The shiny cotton was called "chintz." Because chintz was a cheaper copy of silk, calling something "chintzy" means it is cheap and not of good quality.
    • Silk cotton a cottony substance enveloping the seeds of the silk-cotton tree.
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Usage

In literature:

Then, if the article be linen or cotton, wash it, as usual; if it be silk or worsted, rub it with ether, or spirits of wine.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
The same observation applies to silk and cotton, in cases where those materials are used.
"The Ladies' Work-Table Book" by Anonymous
These, for the most part, consist of cotton and silks, and a peculiar article called pina.
"Little Masterpieces of Science: Explorers" by Various
What do the other ladies matter to me, whether they've got on silk gowns or cotton ones?
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 57, No. 351, January 1845" by Various
The Ku family had put their wadded clothes away and taken to cottons and thin silks.
"The Little Girl Lost" by Eleanor Raper
Above was a sky of silk wadded with films of white cotton.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
The same tribes weave also the cotton and silk rugs said to be woven at Bhawulpore, India.
"Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern" by Rosa Belle Holt
The manufactures of Berne are mostly cloth, silk and cotton, straw hats, etc.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
Cotton and silk weaving is also largely carried on, and there are numerous indigo vats, tanneries and an English cigar factory.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
Brass and other metal wares, silk and cotton cloth and sugar are among the manufactures.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 7" by Various
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In poetry:

In sixteen hundred and forty-one,
The regular yearly galleon,
Laden with odorous gums and spice,
India cottons and India rice,
And the richest silks of far Cathay,
Was due at Acapulco Bay.
"The Lost Galleon" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

Shown in Topaz, the 54-inch-wide silk-cotton can also be had in Gossamer, Flame, Chocolate, Agean, Chillie, Jester, and Porcelain 44-203-1767834.
BALENCIAGA A baroque clutch against a silk cotton skirt.
A simple switch from cotton to silk cases pampers your face and combats bedhead.
" Bosom buddies," made of cotton modal yarn and polyester with silk stuffing in different sizes and colors are seen here on Jan 10, 2012 in Casper, Wyo.
A firm lustrous fabric (as of linen, cotton, silk, or rayon) made with flat patterns in a satin weave on a plain-woven ground on jacquard looms.
Gish 's company specializes in bedding: silk, linen and cotton sheets, coverlets, blankets, throw pillows and the like.
Beige cotton and polyester silk-screened t-shirt, 1978.
IT'S A WRAP: Silk cashmere and cotton sweater worn over the shoulders, $185, and pants from Façonnable.
Laos is famous for silk and cotton woven textiles.
Laos is famous for silk and cotton woven textiles.
Hidden in the warehouse district off Fillmore Street, Mill Outlet 's frills are to be found inside the building, from basic cottons to bridal silks, upholstery tweed to ticking and tassels.
Damier Palmes silk and cotton scarf by Louis Vuitton, $655.
A new work in the series which already includes books on wool, cotton, silk and luxury fibers, regenerated cellulose, bast and other plant and high performance fibers, this book examines fibers generated entirely from chemicals.
Hot & Delicious silk/cotton ruffle top, $45, The Purple Goose.
This hand-embroidered cotton-and-silk voile top by Virginia-based designer Jules Reid ($295).
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