from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The styles of Indian corn: same as silk, 4. Corn-silk is officially recognized under the pharmacopœial name zea as a mild stimulant diuretic.


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  • Pink, close-fitting T-shirt, white jeans, corn-silk hair in long braids.

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  • Sergei with his corn-silk hair and bright blue eyes.

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  • Gedden stood back, his corn-silk dreads flying in the breeze like a wind sock, and deftly lifted the little chopper one, two, three feet off the ground.

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  • Before Mercedes became Aunt Mercy, there was Rosie with corn-silk hair who accompanied Tío Angel to the front yard barbecue.

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  • After Fiona got hold of her she lost a lot of her corn-silk hair and her arms were yanked from side to side until they were dramatically different lengths.

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  • Twisted through the corn-silk hair a threaded circlet of pale sapphires shone; but they were pale beside

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  • The corn-silk hair was caught within a wide-meshed golden net in which sparkled tiny brilliants, like blended sapphires and diamonds.

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  • The floating, beautiful head, crowned high with corn-silk hair, darted toward the Irishman.

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  • Standing now, the corn-silk hair slightly disordered and still blown about by the fan of some one near her, her eyes sparkling like stars in the dewdrops of wild wood-violets, warm, yet weary, and a flush deepening her cheek with color, while the flowers hung dead around her, she held a glass of wine and watched the bead swim to the brim.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 39, January, 1861

  • Perhaps the very sound that awoke him was the one he wished to shun; at the next step it became more distinct, -- a child's voice singing some tuneless song; and directly a tiny apparition appeared before him, as if it had taken shape, with its wide, light eyes and corn-silk hair, from the most wan and watery of sunbeams.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 37, November, 1860

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