One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of or relating to the Seres of the ancient Far East; Chinese.
2Usually with lower-case initial. Made of silk, silken; of or relating to silk or its production, trade, etc.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Arthur Golding (d. 1606), translator. From classical Latin Sēricus of or belonging to the Seres, made of silk, silken from Hellenistic Greek σηρικός of or belonging to the Seres, made of silk from Σῆρες + -ικός.
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