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Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

seric- Also seri-.

Silk.

[Latin sericum, silk.]

The production of raw silk by breeding silkworms is sericulture, carried out by sericulturists; something sericeous is silky or covered in fine hairs; sericin is a gelatinous protein found in silk; sericite is a fine-grained fibrous white mica with a silky lustre. The combining form is irregularly abbreviated to seri- in serigraphy, a silk-screening process that produces a serigraph, and in serine, an amino acid found in most proteins, which was first obtained from silk.

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