Definition of thistledown in English:



mass noun
  • Light fluffy down which is attached to thistle seeds, enabling them to be blown about in the wind.

    • ‘It's fitting that thistledown, which provides Gilmore with an increasingly significant image over the years, should be the subject of one poem.’
    • ‘Like thistledown, she floats from one position to another, scarcely aware of him yet somehow connected, even dependent.’
    • ‘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.’
    cobweb, spider's web
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