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thistledown

[this-uh l-doun] /ˈθɪs əlˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
the mature, silky pappus of a thistle.
Origin of thistledown
1555-1565
1555-65; thistle + down2
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  • "You'll never love me half so much as I love you, you bit of thistledown," he answered.

    The Wheel of Life Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow
  • Her talk and she are both as light and wandering as thistledown.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The old, thistledown, light-hearted recklessness seemed to have left him.

    Harley Greenoak's Charge Bertram Mitford
  • They sailed from her on the faint hot breeze lightly as thistledown.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • The combined burden would lie light as thistledown on my shoulders.

  • "Follow me," she said again, and rose softly from the ground like thistledown.

  • I was more helpless and flew lightlier than a shred of thistledown among the stars.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • A woman's fidelity is like thistledown, and her promises are written in the sands.

    The Man Who Rose Again Joseph Hocking
  • A movement light as thistledown seemed to have caught his ear.

    The Black Opal Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • Eustacia's journey was at first as vague in direction as that of thistledown on the wind.

    Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
British Dictionary definitions for thistledown

thistledown

/ˈθɪsəlˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
the mass of feathery plumed seeds produced by a thistle
2.
anything resembling this
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