One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘her dress swirled like gossamer’
cobweb, spider's web
silk, silky substance, Japanese silk, gauze, tissue, chiffon
thistledown, down, feather
1‘beautiful ladies in gossamer veils’
ultra-fine, fine, diaphanous, gauzy, gauzelike, gossamer-thin, gossamer-like, gossamery, delicate, filmy, floaty, chiffony, cobwebby, feathery, silky, silken, wispy, thin, light, lightweight, insubstantial, papery, flimsy, frail
translucent, transparent, see-through, sheer
rare transpicuous, translucid
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