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ID: 300400826
Page Link: http://vocab.getty.edu/page/aat/300400826

 

Record Type: concept
spider silk (material) (fibroinous material, animal material, ... Materials (hierarchy name))

 

Note: Protein substance spun by spiders as thin, uniform filaments to make webs, other structures, conveyance, or to capture prey. A strand of spider silk is about 25 micrometers (0.00001 inches) in diameter. It is strong and dimensionally stable. Hummingbirds and other animals use spider silk for nest-building. Spider silk is currently used for crosshairs in optical instruments. Attempts have been made to produce fabric from spider silk, but it took an enormous number of spider webs and work to produce a fabric that was so sheer that it was of little use.
 
Terms:
spider silk (material) (preferred,C,U,English-P,D,U,U)
spider-silk (material) (C,U,English,UF,U,U)
spider web (material) (C,U,English,UF,U,U)
silk, spider (C,U,English,UF,U,U)

Facet/Hierarchy Code:  M.MT

Hierarchical Position:

Hierarchy of Materials Facet
Materials Facet
Hierarchy of Materials (hierarchy name)
.... Materials (hierarchy name) (G)
Hierarchy of materials (substances)
........ materials (substances) (G)
Hierarchy of <materials by origin>
............ <materials by origin> (G)
Hierarchy of biological material
................ biological material (G)
Hierarchy of animal material
.................... animal material (G)
Hierarchy of fibroinous material
........................ fibroinous material (G)
Hierarchy of spider silk (material)
............................ spider silk (material) (G)

Additional Parents:

Hierarchy of Materials Facet
Materials Facet
Hierarchy of Materials (hierarchy name)
.... Materials (hierarchy name) (G)
Hierarchy of materials (substances)
........ materials (substances) (G)
Hierarchy of <materials by origin>
............ <materials by origin> (G)
Hierarchy of biological material
................ biological material (G)
Hierarchy of animal material
.................... animal material (G)
Hierarchy of <animal material by form or function>
........................ <animal material by form or function> (G)
Hierarchy of <animal material by excretions, secretions, and fluids>
............................ <animal material by excretions, secretions, and fluids> (G)
Hierarchy of silk (general, animal material)
................................ silk (general, animal material) (G)
Hierarchy of spider silk (material)
.................................... spider silk (material) (G)

Related concepts:
material for ....  spider webs (structures)
......................  (webs (animal structures), animal architecture, ... Built Environment (hierarchy name)) [300191704]

Sources and Contributors:
silk, spider............  [VP]
.......................  Getty Vocabulary Program rules
spider silk (material)............  [VP Preferred]
.........................................  Brunetta and Craig, Spider Silk: Evolution (2010) title
.........................................  Heos, Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk (2013) title
.........................................  Library of Congress Authorities online (2002-) Non preferred for "spider webs"
.........................................  MFA Conservation and Art Material Encyclopedia Online: CAMEO (2005-)
spider-silk (material)............  [VP]
.........................................  Oxford English Dictionary Online (2002-)
spider web (material)............  [VP]
......................................  Rose and von Endt, Protein Chemistry (1984) 80
 
Subject: .....  [VP]
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]
.......... Brunetta and Craig, Spider Silk: Evolution (2010)
.......... Heos, Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk (2013)
.......... MFA Conservation and Art Material Encyclopedia Online: CAMEO (2005-)
.......... Oxford English Dictionary Online (2002-)

 

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