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gossamer

[ gos-uh-mer ]
/ 藞g蓲s 蓹 m蓹r /
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noun
adjective
Also gos路sa路mer路y [gos-uh-muh-ree], /藞g蓲s 蓹 m蓹 ri/, gos路sa路mered. of or like gossamer; extremely light, flimsy, or delicate: Did you notice this dragonfly's gossamer wings? Perhaps our hopes are gossamer dreams, strung together with wishful thinking.
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Origin of gossamer

First recorded in 1300鈥50; Middle English gos(s)esomer, gossummer 鈥渇ilmy substance made of cobwebs; fine filament; something trivial鈥; possibly first used as a name for late, mild autumn, a time when goose was a favorite dish (compare German G盲nsemonat 鈥淣ovember鈥), then transferred to the cobwebs frequent at that time of year

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British Dictionary definitions for gossamer

gossamer
/ (藞伞蓲s蓹m蓹) /

noun
a gauze or silk fabric of the very finest texture
a filmy cobweb often seen on foliage or floating in the air
anything resembling gossamer in fineness or filminess
(modifier) made of or resembling gossamergossamer wings

Derived forms of gossamer

gossamery, adjective

Word Origin for gossamer

C14 (in the sense: a filmy cobweb): probably from gos goose 1 + somer summer 1; the phrase refers to St Martin's summer, a period in November when goose was traditionally eaten; from the prevalence of the cobweb in the autumn; compare German G盲nsemonat, literally: goosemonth, used for November
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