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- n. feathery or woolly down; filament of a feather
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Feathery or wool-like down; filament of a feather.
One dowle [434-16] that's in my plume: my fellow-ministers
Minister of fate against the great criminal, it joins itself with the "incensed seas and shores" -- the sword that layeth at it cannot hold, and may "with bemocked-at stabs as soon kill the still-closing waters, as diminish one dowle that is in its plume."
Having invited him and his women to a banquet, which his brother requited by a similar entertainment, he substituted chosen soldiers well armed instead of women, sending them two and two in a _dowle_,  who, getting in by this device, gained possession of the gates, and held the place for the Great Mogul, to whom it now appertains, being one of the strongest situated forts in the world.
1598: One dowle that's in my plumbe: My fellow ministers
-- E.] [Footnote 256: A dowle, dowly, or dooly, is a chair or cage, in which their women are carried on men's shoulders.
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