Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as swan's-down, 1.

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Examples

  • [FN#402] So amongst the Romans we have the Iatroliptæ, youths or girls who wiped the gymnast's perspiring body with swan-down, a practice renewed by the professors of "Massage"; Unctores who applied perfumes and essences; Fricatrices and Tractatrices or shampooers; Dropacistæ, corn-cutters; Alipilarii who plucked the hair, etc., etc., etc.

    Arabian nights. English

  • Jeekewis, also with blackened face, his head covered with stray feathers and tufts of swan-down.

    The Indian Fairy Book From the Original Legends

  • Its fur, soft and white like swan-down, was stained with red blood.

    The Young Voyageurs Boy Hunters in the North

  • The bow and quiver are suspended across their shoulders by bands of swan-down three inches broad, while their long lance, richly carved, and with a bright copper or iron point, is carried horizontally at the side of the horse.

    Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet

  • And I stuffed an arm-chair with horse-hair on purpose, feathers over it, swan-down over them again, and covered it with scarlet cloth of Bruges, five crowns the short ell.

    Citation and Examination of William Shakspeare, Euseby Treen, Joseph Carnaby, and Silas Gough, Clerk

  • There he is, stripped to the buff -- playing at hide-and-seek, hare-and-hound, with a queer crazy crony of his in a fur cap, swan-down waistcoat, and hairy breeches, Lodbrog or Winter.

    Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2

  • Colonel Heathcock, who, dressed in black, had stretched his 'fashionable length of limb' under the statira canopy upon the snow-white swan-down couch.

    The Absentee

  • I’ve had a whip round the blog with the turbovac and fluffed the swan-down cushions on the chaise, so you’re always welcome.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Ladies Lounge

  • Romans we have the Iatroliptæ, youths or girls who wiped the gymnast’s perspiring body with swan-down, a practice renewed by the professors of “Massage”; Unctores who applied perfumes and essences; Fricatrices and Tractatrices or shampooers;

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

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