the mature, silky pappus of a thistle.
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How to use thistledown in a sentence
Still he clung to the little thistledown of hope that he should have plenty of time to cram it before the form were called up.Eric, or Little by Little | Frederic W. Farrar
For Winnie, dark as Kathlyn was light, was as careless and aimless as thistledown in the wind.The Adventures of Kathlyn | Harold MacGrath
The combined burden would lie light as thistledown on my shoulders.The Terms of Surrender | Louis Tracy
It was yesterday but a straw—to-day it is but the thistledown; but I will cling to it to the last moment.
Tireless as thistledown that rolls here and there at the will of the wind, up she sprang and began to dance.Lazarre | Mary Hartwell Catherwood
British Dictionary definitions for thistledown
the mass of feathery plumed seeds produced by a thistle
anything resembling this
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