from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant of the genus Chara, so called from the thick and soft mat which these plants form at the bottom of pools in which they grow.


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  • Some think there were few consumptions in the old world, when men lived much upon milk; and that the ancient inhabitants of this island were less troubled with coughs when they went naked and slept in caves and woods, than men now in chambers and feather-beds.

    Letter to a Friend

  • He breathed like a heavy snorer, and his voice in speaking came thickly forth, as if it were oppressed and stifled by feather-beds.

    Master Humphrey's Clock

  • The room into which the old woman conducted me was so littered up with every sort of rubbish, rags, pillows, feather-beds, sacks, that one could hardly turn round in it.

    A Desperate Character

  • She was up long before the languid Castlewood ladies (just home from their London routs and balls) had quitted their feather-beds, or jolly Will had slept off his various potations of punch.

    The Virginians

  • They very seldom use feather-beds; but they lie upon a paillasse, or bag of straw, over which are laid two, and sometimes three mattrasses.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • Old as he was, he avoided feather-beds, and roamed like a true Californian.


  • So they hung feather-beds between the tapestry and the walls, and then he could go on knocking his head as long as it was any consolation to him without coming to much harm.

    The Green Fairy Book

  • Then he told the sorrowful lady long stories about the good qualities of his departed Queen, and she in her turn recounted all the virtues of her departed husband; and this passed the time so agreeably that the King quite forgot to thump his head against the feather-beds, and the lady did not need to wipe the tears from her great blue eyes as often as before.

    The Green Fairy Book

  • They slept off their grog on the best of feather-beds, and they fattened on the neighborhood all the year round.

    No Name

  • Then the maiden went upstairs, shook the feather-beds, and laid clean sheets on them, and when she had done it the old man came and lay down on one of the beds, and his white beard reached down to his feet.

    Household Tales


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