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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. 2017.
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  • "You'll never love me half so much as I love you, you bit of thistledown," he answered.

    The Wheel of Life Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow
  • Her talk and she are both as light and wandering as thistledown.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The old, thistledown, light-hearted recklessness seemed to have left him.

    Harley Greenoak's Charge Bertram Mitford
  • They sailed from her on the faint hot breeze lightly as thistledown.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • The combined burden would lie light as thistledown on my shoulders.

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

  • I was more helpless and flew lightlier than a shred of thistledown among the stars.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • A woman's fidelity is like thistledown, and her promises are written in the sands.

    The Man Who Rose Again Joseph Hocking
  • A movement light as thistledown seemed to have caught his ear.

    The Black Opal Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • Eustacia's journey was at first as vague in direction as that of thistledown on the wind.

    Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
British Dictionary definitions for thistledown


the mass of feathery plumed seeds produced by a thistle
anything resembling this
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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