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English definition of “silken”


adjective [usually before noun]     /ˈsɪl.kən/
literary soft , smooth , and shiny like silk : The princess in the fairy story had long silken hair .Soft and fluffy a silken sound is one that is pleasant because it is very smooth : The actor delivered his speech in a silken voice .Sound and its properties
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