Fascinated, he watched the heavy dark drop hang in the glistening cloud, and pull down the gossamer.
How like is the down of the fruit to the first gossamer down of the heart—and ah!
When tens of thousands of the used threads sink to earth, there is a "shower of gossamer."
You know how they capture the creatures on which they live; by weaving webs of gossamer, is it not?
He isn't the kind of a man to put on his wife's gossamer cloak and meander over into Montana.
The gossamer floatings of this French danseuse possessed 258 everyone.
Here we may fashion pictures and weave around them gossamer draperies as insubstantial as this golden twilight.
I have no idea what place these gossamer threads occupy in the economy of nature.
Toward sunset a delicate network of gossamer threads covered the open pastures like a silver mesh in which the earth lay captive.
They dragged him through the crisis, but his life hung on a gossamer thread.
c.1300, "spider threads spun in fields of stubble in late fall," apparently from gos "goose" + sumer "summer" (cf. Swedish sommertrad "summer thread"). The reference might be to a fancied resemblance of the silk to goose down, or because geese are in season then. The German equivalent mädchensommer (literally "girls' summer") also has a sense of "Indian summer," and the English word originally may have referred to a warm spell in autumn before being transferred to a phenomenon especially noticable then. Cf. obsolete Scottish go-summer "period of summer-like weather in late autumn." Meaning "anything light or flimsy" is from c.1400. The adjective sense "filmy" is attested from 1802.