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silk

a name for the gown worn by Queen's (or King's) Counsel (see BARRISTER), hence to take silk, to become such a counsel.
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Fast silking may offer some advantages by increasing silk exposure to shedding pollen, and this could lead to increased kernel set under conditions of protandry (pollen shed before silk emergence), as can occur in drought environments when the interval between pollen shed and silk emergence is increased (Johnson and Herrero, 1981; Hall et al.
Protogynous silking (up to 3 to 4 d before pollen shed) would appear to be a good approach to increasing kernels per ear under optimum growing conditions.
Reported data on ear length indicated a uniform pattern among hybrids and environments when data were referred to the date of silking and were normalized by the final ear size (Otegui and Bonhomme, 1998).