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Definition of "thistle-down" [thistle-down]

  • The pappus of the thistle, by which the achenia are borne by the wind to great distances. See cuts under thistle. (noun)

The Century Dictionary (Public Domain)

Use "thistle-down" in a sentence
  • "In the Chopiniana scene there is nothing to remind one of the coquetry of the doll in the lovely spirit-like creature who seems to drift on the air like a thistle-down."
  • "“They are too slight and unsolid pledges, my lord,” said the Queen; “add at least a handful of thistle-down to give them weight in the balance.”"
  • "The majority of the people are too ignorant to know the value of a book and they regard poetry as the thistle-down of speech."