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1 Called "bombyx" also; though, as Cuvier remarks, of a kind altogether different from the preceding one.
2 The first kinds of silk dresses worn by the Roman ladies were from this island, and, as Pliny says, were known by the name of Coca vestes. These dresses were so fine as to be transparent, and were sometimes dyed purple, and enriched with stripes of gold. They probably had their name from the early reputation which Cos acquired by its manufactures of silk.
3 This account is derived from Aristotle, Hist. Anim. B. v. c. 19.
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