1Of or relating to the Seres of the ancient Far East; Chinese.
Chiefly in translations and discussions of ancient Greek and Latin writers, and applied to various commodities of eastern origin, whether or not from the Far East, by analogy with the use of the original Greek or Latin word.
2Usually with lower-case initial. Made of silk, silken; of or relating to silk or its production, trade, etc.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Arthur Golding (d. 1606), translator. From classical Latin Sēricus of or belonging to the Seres, made of silk, silken from Hellenistic Greek σηρικός of or belonging to the Seres, made of silk from Σῆρες + -ικός.