Variant of staple
- the chief commodity, or any of the most important commodities, made, grown, or sold in a particular place, region, country, etc.
- a chief item, part, material, or element in anything
- any chief item of trade, regularly stocked and in constant demand: flour, sugar, and salt are staples
- the fiber of cotton, wool, flax, etc., with reference to length and fineness
Origin: Middle English stapel from Old French estaple from Middle Dutch stapel, mart, emporium, post, origin, originally support, akin to staple
- regularly found on the market or in stock as a result of a constant demand
- produced, consumed, or exported regularly and in quantity
- most important; leading; principal: staple industries
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