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spun glass

blown glass in which fine threads of glass form the surface texture.
Origin of spun glass
First recorded in 1770-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was of a sort of gray whiteness, something like spun glass.

    The Princess and the Goblin George MacDonald
  • But, my dear fellow, my oddities are crystal, and I will not thread them off in spun glass.

  • Its hair was like spun glass, of a bluish, pinkish gray, snow-white in the partings.

  • The relics of yellow hair, still adhering to the sides of his head, looked as silkily frail as spun glass.

    Heart and Science Wilkie Collins
  • The sunlight turned her golden hair to spun glass, melted it to light itself.

    Angel Island Inez Haynes Gillmore
  • For several nights the plain below the plateau had been a sea of moonlight, white, ethereal, fragile as spun glass.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • The child's hair gleamed like spun glass, her face was illuminated till it seemed like wax lit up from the inside.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • The greater part of its plumage was of an intense cinnabar red, with a gloss as of spun glass.

    The Malay Archipelago Alfred Russell Wallace
  • But it will be long before any other country can equal mine in the making of filigree or spun glass.

    The Story of Glass Sara Ware Bassett
  • The Glass Cat's eyes were emeralds; its fluffy tail was of spun glass and very beautiful.

    Glinda of Oz L. Frank Baum

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