from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Down or soft feathers of the eiderduck, such as the bird plucks from its breast to line the nest or cover the eggs.


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  • Under the luxurious hanging draperies, the pillow, crushed into the depths of an eider-down quilt, its lace border standing out in contrast against the background of blue silk, bore a vague impress that kindled the imagination.


  • The same evening in a little room, beside a bed covered with a striped eider-down, Onisim was sitting at a clumsy little table, facing Vassilissa.

    A Desperate Character

  • Five-and-twenty years of tent, open sky, jungle, and who knows what, for him — but eider-down, and fireside, and fat of land for them!

    Mary Anerley

  • We seldom converse tête-à - tête, but I am made to feel that the basis of his character is not of eider-down. '

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • A re as light as the Plume of an eider-down feather DON'T FORGET PERRING'S HATS.

  • At some party in a strange house when she lifted her eyebrow ever so slightly he stood up to take his leave and, when his cough troubled him, she put the eider-down quilt over his feet and made a strong rum punch.


  • Fortunately this did not happen; and some hours later the projectile-vehicle descended gently into the heart of the cannon and rested on its couch of pyroxyle, a veritable bed of explosive eider-down.

    From the Earth to the Moon

  • We were strongly attached to our brave eider-down hunter; though far away in the remotest north, he will never be forgotten by those whose lives he protected, and certainly I shall not fail to endeavour to see him once more before I die.

    Journey to the Interior of the Earth

  • Then she put twenty mattresses on top of the pea, and twenty eider-down quilts on the top of the mattresses.

    The Yellow Fairy Book

  • Now they perceived that she was a true Princess, because she had felt the pea through the twenty mattresses and the twenty eider-down quilts.

    The Yellow Fairy Book


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