thistledown

thistledown

[this-uhl-doun]
noun
the mature, silky pappus of a thistle.

Origin:
1555–65; thistle + down2

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thistledown (ˈθɪsəlˌdaʊn)
 
n
1.  the mass of feathery plumed seeds produced by a thistle
2.  anything resembling this

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