Pli"ant(?), a. [F. pliant, p. pr. of plier to bend. See Ply, v.] 1. Capable of plying or bending; readily yielding to force or pressure without breaking; flexible; pliable; lithe; limber; plastic; as, a pliant thread; pliant wax. Also used figuratively: Easily influenced for good or evil; tractable; as, a pliant heart.
The will was then ductile and pliant to right reason.South.
2. Favorable to pliancy.
[R.] "A pliant hour."
Shak. -- Pli"ant*ly,
adv. -- Pli"ant*ness,
Pli"ca(?), n. [LL., a fold, fr. L. plicare to fold. See Ply, v.] 1. (Med.) A disease of the hair (Plica polonica), in which it becomes twisted and matted together. The disease is of Polish origin, and is hence called also Polish plait. Dunglison.
(Bot.) A diseased state in plants in which there is an excessive development of small entangled twigs, instead of ordinary branches.
(Zol.) The bend of the wing of a bird.
Pli"ca*ted(?), } a. [L. plicatus, p. p. of plicare to fold.] Plaited; folded like a fan; as, a plicate leaf. -- Pli"cate*ly (#), adv.
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