Origin: altered (after Padua) < earlier poudesoy < Fr pou-de-soie
See paduasoy in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Alteration (influenced by Padua)
Origin: of French pou-de-soie
Origin: , from Old French pout-de-soie
Origin: : pout, of uncertain meaning
Origin: + de, of (from Latin dē; see de-)
Origin: + soie, silk (from Vulgar Latin *sēta, from Late Latin saeta, raw silk, from Latin, bristle).