floss (flôs, flŏs)
1. Dental floss.
2. Short or waste silk fibers, especially from the outer surface of the cocoon of a silkworm.
3. Soft, loosely twisted thread, as of silk or cotton, used in embroidery.
4. A downy or silky fibrous substance, such as corn silk or silk cotton.
v. flossed, floss·ing, floss·es
To clean between (teeth) with dental floss.
To use dental floss.
[Perhaps alteration of French floche, tuft of wool, from Old French floc, floche, from Latin floccus.]
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