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[pou-duh-ree] /ˈpaʊ də ri/
consisting of or resembling powder:
powdery sand; powdery clouds.
easily reduced to powder:
powdery plaster.
sprinkled or covered with or as with powder:
flowers powdery with pollen.
Origin of powdery
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English powdry. See powder1, -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The way led steeply up through deep, powdery snow that was unmarred by sled-track or moccasin impression.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • We broke through the crust and floundered in soft and powdery snow.

    The Cryptogram William Murray Graydon
  • In between it all, the sparrows chattered and chirped and fluttered safely in the powdery sand of the playground.

    The Path of Life Stijn Streuvels
  • Had the snow been less light and powdery, he must have been crushed to the ground.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • Although the gravel itself was somewhat damp the bones were dry and powdery, ashy gray in color.

    Inca Land Hiram Bingham
  • Both lads were immersed in powdery snow beneath the surface.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • It would be easy to trace them, for the snow was powdery, and in many places they had sunk in it up to their knees.

  • It is approached by a narrow path, powdery on sunny days, navigable on rainy.

    An Eagle Flight Jos Rizal
Word Origin and History for powdery

early 15c., from powder (n.) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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