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demi-plié

[dem-ee-plee-ey; French duh-mee-plee-ey] /ˌdɛm i pliˈeɪ; French də mi pliˈeɪ/
noun, plural demi-pliés
[dem-ee-plee-eyz; French duh-mee-plee-ey] /ˌdɛm i pliˈeɪz; French də mi pliˈeɪ/ (Show IPA).
Ballet.
1.
a movement done in any of the five positions, in which the dancer bends the knees halfway, keeping the heels securely on the ground.
Origin
< French: literally, half-plié; see demi-, plié
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