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swansdown

[swonz-doun] /ˈswɒnzˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
the down or under plumage of a swan, used for trimming, powder puffs, etc.
2.
a fine, soft, thick woolen cloth.
3.
a sturdy cotton flannel with a thickly napped face.
Origin of swansdown
1600-1610
First recorded in 1600-10; swan1 + 's1 + down2
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  • She had a pink silk wrapper with swansdown all over it—at four o'clock, think!

    Americans All Various
  • "Lady swansdown again, I suppose," says he, with a bored uplifting of his brows.

    April's Lady Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
  • Selina laid it on the silk and swansdown quilt and departed.

  • She had a pink silk wrapper with swansdown all over it—at four oclock, think!

    Short Sixes H. C. Bunner
  • It was the blue of bluebells, banded with swansdown and embroidered with silver thistles.

    Vision House C. N. Williamson
  • I miss the swansdown muff and the blushing, eager face of Phyllida.

    The Passionate Elopement Compton Mackenzie
  • Although the month was September, and the weather warm even for September, a swansdown quilt lay spread upon his knees.

    The Regent E. Arnold Bennett
  • Edward Henry leaped from his chair, and the swansdown quilt swathed his slippered feet.

    The Regent E. Arnold Bennett
  • Mrs. Bremmil came out of the cloak-room in a swansdown cloak with a white "cloud" round her head.

  • Within was a bed of moss like velvet, and a coverlet made of the woven wings of the butterfly, with blankets of swansdown.

    The Old-Fashioned Fairy Book Constance Cary Harrison

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