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1The fine down of a swan, used for trimmings and powder puffs.
- ‘It was a fancy version of the scarf and could be made of swansdown or fur.’
- ‘A very light rouleau of swansdown bordered the corsage and the fronts of the dress.’
- ‘Everything about her shimmers and shines, all softened by beautiful white swansdown and feathers.’
- ‘On the chest, there is a shaped cloth panel which is decorated with swansdown, rhinestones and mirrors.’
2A thick cotton fabric with a soft nap on one side, used especially for baby clothes.
- ‘The weavers emigrated to the Austrian Low Countries, especially to Mouscron, where production of swansdown was allowed since 1758.’
- 2.1 A soft, thick fabric made from wool mixed with a little silk or cotton.
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