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excelsior Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun thin curly wood shavings used for packing or stuffing
    wood shavings.
WordNet

Ex*cel"si*or adjective
Etymology
L., compar. of excelsus elevated, lofty, p. p. of excellere. See Excel, v. t.
Definitions
  1. More lofty; still higher; ever upward.
Ex*cel"si*or noun
Definitions
  1. A kind of stuffing for upholstered furniture, mattresses, etc., in which curled shreds of wood are substituted for curled hair.

Webster 1913