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eiderdown

[ahy-der-doun] /ˈaɪ dərˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
down, or soft feathers, from the breast of the female eider duck.
2.
a heavy quilt or comforter, especially one filled with eiderdown.
3.
a warm, lightweight knitted or woven fabric of wool, cotton, or man-made fibers, napped on one or both sides, used for sleepwear, infants' clothing, etc.
Origin of eiderdown
1765-1775
First recorded in 1765-75; eider + down2
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  • She pulled the eiderdown about her head so as not to cry out so loudly that she would be heard.

    The Dust Flower Basil King
  • She jerked up in bed, clutching the eiderdown; her heart beat.

    Bliss, and Other Stories Katherine Mansfield
  • If your eiderdown is getting shabby, why not clean it and re-cover it yourself?

  • It was rather a close afternoon, and she lay on her bed on the top of her eiderdown.

    Just William Richmal Crompton
  • I'll slip on a dressing-gown and curl up on top of the bed under an eiderdown.

    Vision House C. N. Williamson
  • Indeed, he had the cure of three parishes, for that of eiderdown was joined to Stogpingum.

    Barchester Towers

    Anthony Trollope
  • But it was no use; she threw back the eiderdown, and sat bolt upright.

    My Little Sister Elizabeth Robins
  • It was the eiderdown comfort, half-way up the studio staircase!

    When a Man Marries Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Her lips trembled and her knees were shaking beneath the eiderdown quilt.

    The Voice of the People Ellen Glasgow
  • There is something fat and sinister and German about that eiderdown.

British Dictionary definitions for eiderdown

eiderdown

/ˈaɪdəˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
the breast down of the female eider duck, with which it lines the nest, used for stuffing pillows, quilts, etc
2.
a thick warm cover for a bed, made of two layers of material enclosing a soft filling
3.
(US) a warm cotton fabric having a woollen nap
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Word Origin and History for eiderdown
n.

1774; see eider + down (n.). Ultimately from Icelandic æðardun, via a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish ederdunn) or German Eiderdon.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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