souple

[ suhp-uh l ]
/ ˈsʌp əl /

noun

silk from which only a portion of the sericin has been removed.

Origin of souple

1885–90; short for French soie souple supple silk
Also called souple silk.
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Examples from the Web for souple

  • "Bright" has a brilliant luster, while "souple" has more of a dull, subdued appearance.

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  • No dog can kill her—that's a clear case; but souple as she is, a silver bullet is the only messenger that can overtake her.