eiderdown

[ahy-der-doun]

noun

down, or soft feathers, from the breast of the female eider duck.
a heavy quilt or comforter, especially one filled with eiderdown.
a warm, lightweight knitted or woven fabric of wool, cotton, or man-made fibers, napped on one or both sides, used for sleepwear, infants' clothing, etc.

Nearby words

  1. eid-ul-adha,
  2. eid-ul-fitr,
  3. eide,
  4. eider,
  5. eider duck,
  6. eidetic,
  7. eidolon,
  8. eidoptometry,
  9. eidos,
  10. eifel

Origin of eiderdown

First recorded in 1765–75; eider + down2

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British Dictionary definitions for eiderdown

eiderdown

noun

the breast down of the female eider duck, with which it lines the nest, used for stuffing pillows, quilts, etc
a thick warm cover for a bed, made of two layers of material enclosing a soft filling
US a warm cotton fabric having a woollen nap
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Word Origin and History for eiderdown

eiderdown

n.

1774; see eider + down (n.). Ultimately from Icelandic æðardun, via a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish ederdunn) or German Eiderdon.

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