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swansdown

[ swonz-doun ]
/ ˈswɒnzˌdaʊn /
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noun
the down or under plumage of a swan, used for trimming, powder puffs, etc.
a fine, soft, thick woolen cloth.
a sturdy cotton flannel with a thickly napped face.
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Origin of swansdown

First recorded in 1600–10; swan1 + 's1 + down2
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British Dictionary definitions for swansdown

swan's-down

noun
the fine soft down feathers of a swan, used to trim powder puffs, clothes, etc
a thick soft fabric of wool with silk, cotton, or rayon, used for infants' clothing, etc
a cotton fabric with a heavy nap
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