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.

1400–50; late Middle English powdry. See powder1, -y1

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powder (ˈpaʊdə)
1.  a solid substance in the form of tiny loose particles
2.  any of various preparations in this form, such as gunpowder, face powder, or soap powder
3.  fresh loose snow, esp when considered as skiing terrain
4.  slang (US), (Canadian) take a powder to run away or disappear
5.  to turn into powder; pulverize
6.  (tr) to cover or sprinkle with or as if with powder
[C13: from Old French poldre, from Latin pulvis dust]

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Explain that pollen is made up of tiny, powdery grains.
Warm days and cool nights are ideal conditions for powdery mildew.
The only clue to the mysterious phenom was a white, powdery organism on the
  muzzles, ears and wings of the dead and dying bats.
Adding white powdery stuff to heroin lets him sell less drug for the same money.
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