floss (n.) "rough silk," 1759, perhaps from Fr. floche "tuft of wool" (16c.), from O.Fr. floc "tuft, lock," from L. floccus "tuft of wool." Or from an unrecorded O.E. or O.N. word from the root found in Du. flos "plush" (17c.). Cf. the surname Flossmonger, attested 1314, which might represent a direct borrowing from Scandinavian or Low German. In "The Mill on the Floss" the word is the proper name of a fictitious river in the English Midlands.

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