One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Light fluffy down which is attached to thistle seeds, enabling them to be blown about in the wind.
cobweb, spider's webView synonyms
- ‘You could, of course, write a thesis about Wodehouse but the endeavour would be like trying to preserve thistledown between sheet glass.’
- ‘My favourite plant, lavender, is something of a delicacy for goldfinches - when they've finished all the thistledown, that is.’
- ‘Like thistledown, she floats from one position to another, scarcely aware of him yet somehow connected, even dependent.’
- ‘It's fitting that thistledown, which provides Gilmore with an increasingly significant image over the years, should be the subject of one poem.’
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