One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Fabric consisting entirely of silk; a type or piece of this.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Chandler (b. c1625). After post-classical Latin holoserica garment made entirely of silk, use as noun of feminine of holosericus made entirely of silk from Hellenistic Greek ὁλοσηρικός of silk from ancient Greek ὅλος whole + Hellenistic Greek σηρικός of silk.
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