tus•sah or tus•seh
[[t]ˈtʌs ə[/t]] n.
1) tex a rough silk from India, commonly woven in its natural, undyed tan color
Compare Shantung 2)
2) ent tex the silkworm of an Oriental moth of the genus Antheraea, as A. mylitta, that produces this silk
Etymology: 1580–90; earlier tusser < Hindi tasar shuttle; cf. Skt tasara, trasara kind of silkworm

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