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[swonz-doun] /ˈswɒnzˌdaʊn/
the down or under plumage of a swan, used for trimming, powder puffs, etc.
a fine, soft, thick woolen cloth.
a sturdy cotton flannel with a thickly napped face.
Origin of swansdown
First recorded in 1600-10; swan1 + 's1 + down2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was the blue of bluebells, banded with swansdown and embroidered with silver thistles.

    Vision House C. N. Williamson
  • She had a pink silk wrapper with swansdown all over it—at four o'clock, think!

    Americans All Various
  • The swansdown tippet rose and fell to the beating of the eager heart beneath.

    The Passionate Elopement Compton Mackenzie
  • Selina laid it on the silk and swansdown quilt and departed.

  • swansdown also edged the little violet cloaks which hung from their shoulders.

    Cornwall's Wonderland Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • I miss the swansdown muff and the blushing, eager face of Phyllida.

    The Passionate Elopement Compton Mackenzie
  • Also, on either side of the tent were beds, with satin sheets, warm blankets and pillows filled with swansdown.

    Glinda of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • Edward Henry leaped from his chair, and the swansdown quilt swathed his slippered feet.

    The Regent E. Arnold Bennett
  • When swansdown becomes soiled, it can be washed and look as good as new.

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) Mrs. F.L. Gillette
  • Mrs. Bremmil came out of the cloak-room in a swansdown cloak with a white "cloud" round her head.

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