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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FLOSS

The material most proper for them is floss wool, and they should be knitted with steel pins.

It is a sadder book than 'The Mill on the Floss,' of which it reminds us.

You floss up to the tallest domino and give him a good time.

I ventured to disagree with her, and to say that the Mill on the Floss was my favorite.

As for Floss, Helen had already got a hold upon that young lady.

“I do not believe you would, Floss,” agreed Helen, kissing her warmly.

His hair was long and curled at the ends, but it looked like floss silk.

Tow typified the hair of the man; floss silk that of the boy.

It was a blue-eyed, fresh-faced thing with floss of red-gold hair.

The precision of line a skilled worker can get in floss is wonderful.

WORD ORIGIN

"rough silk," 1759, perhaps from French floche "tuft of wool" (16c.), from Old French floc "tuft, lock," from Latin floccus "tuft of wool." Or from an unrecorded Old English or Old Norse word from the root found in Dutch flos "plush" (17c.). Cf. the surname Flossmonger, attested 1314, which might represent a direct borrowing from Scandinavian or Low German. In "The Mill on the Floss" the word is the proper name of a fictitious river in the English Midlands.

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