Sometimes spelled lissome, this adjective means thin and easily flexed with graceful movements; lithe, limber or supple. Lissom is an alteration of lithesome. I remember this word describing Tinkerbell in Peter Pan - the perfect word for a weightless, airy creature with the wings of a butterfly.
I also, of course, think of ballerinas and their long, strong limbs and feet. They may look fragile, but in fact, they're incredibly strong.
by sebastian ayala