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crepe (krāp), thin fabric of crinkled texture, woven originally in silk but now available in all major fibers. There are two kinds of crepe. The hard-finished, typically dyed black and used for mourning (which tends to retain the old spelling crape), is made of hand-twisted silk yarn and finished by a rather complex trade process after weaving; the soft crepes include the Canton, or Oriental, weaves (crepes de Chine) in plain or damask weaves. Their crisped or wavy appearance results from the peculiar arrangement of the weft, which is formed of yarn from two different bobbins twisted together in opposite directions or uses alternately a right-twisted and a left-twisted thread.

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crepe (also crêpe) • n. 1. / krāp/ a light, thin fabric with a wrinkled surface: [as adj.] a silk crepe blouse. ∎  (also crepe rubber) hard-wearing wrinkled rubber, used esp. for the soles of shoes. 2. / krāp/ black silk or imitation silk, formerly used for mourning clothes. ∎  a band of such fabric formerly worn around a person's hat as a sign of mourning. 3. / krāp; krep/ a thin pancake. DERIVATIVES: crep·ey adj.

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crêpe French; a thin pancake. Crêpe suzette is made with orange‐flavoured batter and served with a sauce flavoured with an orange liqueur.

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crêpe

crêpe transparent dress material, esp. in crêpe de chine ‘China crape’. XIX. — F., see CRAPE.

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crêpe

crêpeagape, ape, cape, chape, crape, crêpe, drape, escape, gape, grape, jape, misshape, nape, rape, scrape, shape, tape •landscape • seascape • cityscape •skyscape • townscape • snowscape •roofscape • moonscape • broomrape •shipshape • videotape • sellotape •ticker tape

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