American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The down of the eider duck, used as stuffing for quilts and pillows.
- n. A quilt stuffed with the down of the eider duck.
- n. A warm napped fabric.
- n. uncountable The down of the eider duck, used for stuffing pillows and quilts.
- n. countable A quilt stuffed with this down.
- n. a soft quilt usually filled with the down of the eider
- n. down of the eider duck
- Swedish ejderdun, from Icelandic ædhar-dún : ædhar, genitive of ædhr, eider (from Old Norse ǣdhr) + dún, down (from Old Norse dūnn). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Under the eiderdown was a snowy light counterpane.”
“Nomith lost the top spot after he was unable to spell "eiderdown," the down of the eider duck, used as stuffing for quilts and pillows.”
“In 1947 Cassin began designing and making equipment, starting with pitons, hammers, ice-axes and harnesses before moving into articles of clothing such as eiderdown jackets.”
“One glitch: my companion suffers from Reynaud's Syndrome and is hampered by frostbite on his thumbs, even with his specially-made pair of eiderdown mittens.”
“But when I did I left Bethan to spread herself across the whole bed and I soared into a sky that wrapped me in air as light and warm as an eiderdown.”
“I remember the day and the pink eiderdown bed and I'd heard Roy Orbison doing "Only the Lonely" or something.”
“And he went with a quack and a waddle and a quack in a flurry of eiderdown.”
“I study her face harder, find anger, concrete in the set of her jaw, but eiderdown sorrow in her eyes.”
“Time to burrow under the eiderdown while the snow falls outside, while you wait for the servants with their charming, incomprehensible accents to bring you your tea.”
“Blackadder Weekend From 10am, G.O.L.D.Fortune vomits on our eiderdown once more – in the good sense – as G.O.L.D. goes wibble for Blackadder with a run of episodes taken from across the four series.”
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Woven, knit and tatted fabrics. Other kinds of cloth, such as tapa and chamois are not included.
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