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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of tussah.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The silk woven from the cocoons of wild silkworms feeding on mountain shrubs. Also attributive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as tusser.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. oriental moth that produces brownish silk

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Examples

  • But for once she had the presence of mind not to show her dismay, and she helped Mrs. Gresley to change the crewel-work antimacassars with their washed-out kittens swinging and playing leap-frog for the best tussore silk ones.

    Red Pottage

  • In the drawing-room were four persons, making eight in all for the picnic: Major Small, a fine, full-bearded figure of a man, with a stiff leg, in a tussore suit; Hatty Chessman, always the life and soul of any party, and — “Who do you think, my dear?” —

    On Forsyte 'Change

  • Again, there was the insect house, where she lifted the blinds of the little cages, and marveled at the purple circles marked upon the rich tussore wings of some lately emerged and semi – conscious butterfly, or at caterpillars immobile like the knobbed twigs of a pale – skinned tree, or at slim green snakes stabbing the glass wall again and again with their flickering cleft tongues.

    Night and Day, by Virginia Woolf

  • I love you more than all the flannelette and calico, candlewick, dimity, crash and merino, tussore, cretonne, crepon, muslin, poplin, ticking and twill in the whole Cloth Hall of the world.

    languagehat.com: W.G. SEBALD.

  • His coat, of tussore, was creased and unfresh, there being no Mary at hand daily to iron it out.

    Ultima Thule

  • Within ten minutes I'd replaced my soiled garments with a fine tussore coat, coolie pants, solar helmet, and umbrella, with a handsome morocco toilet case in my back pocket - and if you think that outlandish, let me tell you that armies were a deal more informally attired in my day.

    Flashman And The Dragon

  • Within ten minutes I'd replaced my soiled garments with a fine tussore coat, coolie pants, solar helmet, and umbrella, with a handsome morocco toilet case in my back pocket — and if you think that outlandish, let me tell you that armies were a deal more informally attired in my day.

    Flashman and the Dragon

  • A number of baggy suits of the lightest tussore material were hanging from the wall.

    When The World Screamed

  • Stage after stage, and lift after lift, the air getting ever closer and hotter until even the light tussore garments were intolerable and the sweat was pouring down into those rubber-soled slippers.

    When The World Screamed

  • As sumptuous first-class passengers they lounge about the deck in robes of tussore, rich silks and fancy waistcoats, though out of deference to their religious prejudice and Christian table-manners they usually mess by themselves.

    Pan-Islam

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  • "Mr Thwaite often attended the Sports Days, and Maitland came, too, dressed in brown tussore and a picture hat and carrying a reticule."
    Crusoe's Daughter by Jane Gardam, p 233 of the Europa Editions paperback

    August 12, 2012

  • A coarse brown silk from India (also spelled "tusser", "tussah" and "tussur"); the color seashell pink.

    February 3, 2008