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Silk is the filament secreted by the silkworm when spinning its cocoon and the name for the threads, yarns, and fabrics made from the commercial silks products. The cultivated silkworm, Bombyx mori, which feeds exclusively on the leaves of certain varieties of mulberry trees and spins a thin, white filament. Several species of wild silkworm feed on oak, cherry, and mulberry leaves and produce a brown, hairy filament that is three times the thickness of the cultivated filament and is called Tussah silk.

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