There is a part of the advertisement:

Education and enjoyment go hand in hand so at th Lullingstone Silk Farm witness the unique rearing, reeling and production of English silk, as supplied to royalty.

I have looked up the word rearing

1 the process of caring for children as they grow up, teaching them how to behave as members of society

2 the process of breeding animals or birds and caring for them as they grow

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary 9th edition © Oxford University Press, 2015 There is no result related to material and the word reeling is also hard to understand. By the way, why did the writer use as supplied to royalty but not as a supply to royalty.

  • 'As supplied to royalty' is a conventional way of saying that members of a Royal Family have bought silk from the farm. It doesn't necessarily mean that the farm is the main supplier of silk to the monarchy. Mar 6, 2018 at 9:03
  • @KateBunting It may also mean that the business has a Royal Warrant, but a quick scan of the register shows that to not currently be the case.
    – SGR
    Mar 6, 2018 at 11:11
  • @SGR I think they would put 'By Royal Appointment' if they had a warrant. NB I wrote a Royal family on purpose; the customer could have been a foreign royal for all we know. Mar 6, 2018 at 17:33

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what does “the rearing, reeling of silk” mean? Raising silk worms and harvesting the silk:

rearing: def of rearing as in animal husbandry

bring up, care for, look after, nurture, parent

(of an animal) care for (its young) until they are fully grown.

reeling: reeled silk

Silk made from entire cocoons, as distinguished from lower-quality silk made by spinning short fibres obtained from broken cocoons and other silk waste.

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