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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.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English powdry. See powder1, -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for powdery
  • 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.
  • But powdery snow two feet deep made it difficult to string cables back to the building.
  • Tonight at the end of dinner, he'd kissed her powdery cheek.
  • During the winter, the snow falls on the surrounding mountains providing a powdery landscape for winter sports.
  • Plenty of dependable, powdery snow and a variety of terrain and runs that offer something for everyone.
  • But the air is crystalline, the snow is powdery, and the skiing is fantastic.
  • powdery mildews are caused by a variety of fungi, each specific to a host plant.
Word Origin and History for powdery

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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