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[this-uh l-doun] /ˈθɪs əlˌdaʊn/
the mature, silky pappus of a thistle.
Origin of thistledown
First recorded in 1555-65; thistle + down2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


the mass of feathery plumed seeds produced by a thistle
anything resembling this
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