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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Floss
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  1. [Bot] The slender styles of the pistillate flowers of maize; also called silk.
  2. Untwisted filaments of silk, used in embroidering.
  3. A body feather of an ostrich. Flosses are soft, and gray from the female and black from the male.

Etymology: It. floscio flabby, soft, fr. L. fluxus flowing, loose, slack. See Flux (n.)

noun Floss
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  1. A small stream of water.(Eng)
  2. Fluid glass floating on iron in the puddling furnace, produced by the vitrification of oxides and earths which are present.

Etymology: Cf. G. floss a float

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A soft thread for cleaning the spaces between the teeth
  2. A soft loosely twisted thread used in embroidery
  3. Use dental floss to clean ("floss your teeth after every meal")
Wiktionary
A woman spinning candy floss.
  1. a thread, used to clean the area between the teeth
  2. (raw) silk fibres
  3. the fibres covering a corn cob
  4. Any thread-like material having parallel strands that are not spun or wound around each other.
    embroidery
  5. (Britain) Spun sugar or cotton candy, especially in the phrase "candy floss".
  6. A body feather of an ostrich.
    are soft, and grey from the female and black from the male.

1750, from French floche (“tuft of wool”), from floc, from Old French flosche (“down, velvet”), from Latin floccus (“piece of wool”), probably from Frankish *flokko (“down, wool, flock”), from Proto-Germanic *flukkōn-, *flukkan-, *fluksōn- (“down, flock”), from Proto-Indo-European *plAwək- (“hair, fibres, tuft”). Cognate with Old High German flocko (“down”), Middle Dutch vlocke (“flock”), Norwegian dialectal flugsa (“snowflake”), Dutch flos (“plush”) (tr=17c.). Related to fleece.

  1. a thread, used to clean the area between the teeth
  2. (raw) silk fibres
  3. the fibres covering a corn cob
  4. Any thread-like material having parallel strands that are not spun or wound around each other.
    embroidery
  5. (Britain) Spun sugar or cotton candy, especially in the phrase "candy floss".
  6. A body feather of an ostrich.
    are soft, and grey from the female and black from the male.

Compare German Floss a float.

  1. (Britain) A small stream of water.
  2. Fluid glass floating on iron in the puddling furnace, produced by the vitrification of oxides and earths which are present.

    floss was also found in the following language(s): German

    Notable Persons Named Floss

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    Floss was born in 1819. He passed away in 1881.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Floss

    Herbert was born on August 25th, 1912. He breathed his last breath on October 22nd, 1943.

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    Walter was born on February 13th, 1923 in New York. Walter is also known as Floss and Walter.

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    Floss was born in 1819. He passed away in 1881.

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    Ethnicity Floss U.S.
      White 97.08% 64.26%
      African American 0.00% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

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    People with the last name Floss are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Floss

    • How Popular is the name Floss? Floss is the 56,345th most popular name of all time. As a last name Floss was the 59,171st most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Floss have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 28 babies born with the first name Floss in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Floss? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1885 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Floss first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Floss is Wednesday, May 1st, 1878.
    • What year had the most people named Floss born? The highest recorded use of the first name Floss was in 1892 with a total of 8 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Floss: Your name in reverse order is Ssolf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lsfos. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Floss? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 342 people with the last name Floss.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Floss? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Floss as their last name since less than 1 person in 833k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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