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powdery

[pou-duh-ree] /ˈpaʊ də ri/
adjective
1.
consisting of or resembling powder:
powdery sand; powdery clouds.
2.
easily reduced to powder:
powdery plaster.
3.
sprinkled or covered with or as with powder:
flowers powdery with pollen.
Origin of powdery
late Middle English
1400-1450
First recorded in 1400-50, powdery is from the late Middle English word powdry. See powder1, -y1
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  • But Vasili Andreevich did not stop, but disappeared amid the powdery snow.

    Master and Man Leo Tolstoy
  • Pollen: the powdery substance borne by the stamen of the flower.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • We broke through the crust and floundered in soft and powdery snow.

    The Cryptogram William Murray Graydon
  • Had the snow been less light and powdery, he must have been crushed to the ground.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • Both lads were immersed in powdery snow beneath the surface.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • It is approached by a narrow path, powdery on sunny days, navigable on rainy.

    An Eagle Flight Jos Rizal
  • The snow was dry and powdery because the air was so cold, and it brushed away easily.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • It was ankle deep now, that powdery carpet of ice particles.

    The Copper-Clad World Harl Vincent
Word Origin and History for powdery
adj.

early 15c., from powder (n.) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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