American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A mattress stuffed with feathers.
- n. A bed having a feather mattress.
- n. A featherbed.
“In one corner stood a maple bedstead, with a large, plump feather bed on it, and two tiny pillows in well-bleached cases at the head.”
“A bath-woman in a thick white flannel gown, like a white Russian bear, came to my bedside at six in the morning, and swathed me tightly like a mummy, first in wet sheets, then in dry blankets, then heaped the feather bed and bed clothes a-top of me, leaving only my face uncovered.”
“The straw-filled mattress looked as good as a feather bed to her right then.”
“Also I give and bequeath to my said wife one feather bed and furniture with walnut bedsted and curtain belonging to the same, also two chests one a pine and the other a cypress one, also one small walnut dressing table and dressing glass, also two large looking glasses, also one small trunk to her and her heirs forever.”
“The exchange of such things as a dainty menu for rough fare, of the stiff leather shoe for the soft, shapeless moccasin, of the feather bed for a couch in the snow, is after all a very easy matter.”
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