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thistledown

[this-uh l-doun] /ˈθɪs əlˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
the mature, silky pappus of a thistle.
Origin of thistledown
1555-1565
First recorded in 1555-65; thistle + down2
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  • Her talk and she are both as light and wandering as thistledown.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • They sailed from her on the faint hot breeze lightly as thistledown.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • Once, twice it swished; the third time it alighted like thistledown on the surface.

    Uncanny Tales Various
  • But the thistledown was still as death, and the face of his old master.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • She made a movement with her lips as if she was blowing a bit of thistledown from her.

    Home Life in Germany Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  • He was a very cool player, as quick as mercury and as light as thistledown.

    The Dark Tower Phyllis Bottome
  • His plumy tail, with a fringe of white hairs, is as airy as thistledown.

    The Spell of the Rockies Enos A. Mills
  • Does he let weeds and thistledown have the run of his garden-plot?

  • "Follow me," she said again, and rose softly from the ground like thistledown.

  • The swallows dart to and fro, and clouds of gnats dance like thistledown in the air.

    The Thames G. E. Mitton
British Dictionary definitions for thistledown

thistledown

/ˈθɪsəlˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
the mass of feathery plumed seeds produced by a thistle
2.
anything resembling this
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