plis·sé also plis·se (plĭ-sā)
1. A puckered finish given to fabric by treating it with a caustic soda.
2. Fabric having such a finish.
[French, from past participle of plisser, to pleat, from Old French, from pli, fold, from plier, to fold, from Latin plicāre; see plek- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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