Heb. shesh; rendered "fine linen" Exodus 25:4; 26:1,31,36, etc. In Proverbs 31:22 it is rendered in Authorized Version "silk," and in Revised Version "fine linen." The word denotes Egyptian linen of peculiar whiteness and fineness (byssus). The finest Indian linen, the finest now made, has in an inch one hundred threads of warp and eighty-four of woof; while the Egyptian had sometimes one hundred and forty in the warp and sixty-four in the woof. This was the usual dress of the Egyptian priest. Pharaoh arrayed Joseph in a dress of linen (Genesis 41:42).
Heb. 'etun. Proverbs 7:16, "fine linen of Egypt;" in Revised Version, "the yarn of Egypt."