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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The silky down attached to the seedlike fruit of a thistle.

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  • noun The soft, feathery pappus attached to the seeds of a thistle.

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  • noun pappus of a thistle consisting of silky featherlike hairs attached to the seed-like fruit of a thistle

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Examples

  • A thing as important as thistledown is as unimportantly dismissed.

    Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard

  • A thing as important as thistledown is as unimportantly dismissed.

    Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard

  • A thin mist floated like thistledown from the marshes, which were so distant that they were visible only as a pinkish edge to the horizon.

    The Miller of Old Church

  • We also believed that there's a secret name which, if you call the thistledown by, will make it fly into your hand.

    Qwaider Planet

  • Vanaheim, long before those times I have memories (living memories) of earlier drifts, when, like thistledown before the breeze, we drifted south before the face of the descending polar ice-cap.

    Chapter 21

  • Henry's post starts: "Unafraid as I am to pin my hamster to the mast in a sudden crisis, I shall splench my mainwairing to the thistledown and gladiate hencewithstanding."

    Weblogs

  • Did he ever (like most of us) catch some floating bit of emotional thistledown & go on from that, or did he plan on a subject like an architect?

    After Prayers, Lie Cold « Unknowing

  • Henry's post starts: "Unafraid as I am to pin my hamster to the mast in a sudden crisis, I shall splench my mainwairing to the thistledown and gladiate hencewithstanding."

    Pinning one's hamster to the mast

  • Henry's post starts: "Unafraid as I am to pin my hamster to the mast in a sudden crisis, I shall splench my mainwairing to the thistledown and gladiate hencewithstanding."

    Pinning one's hamster to the mast

  • Grit and thistledown rushed past on the wind; shadows from the trees lining the road cut the ground like the dark lances of forest spirits.

    The Tudors: King Takes Queen

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  • "'No, I'm not. Alan has a hot air balloon. He says he finds it useful in his work.' She laughed. 'I think that is just an excuse, though; it's for the sport mostly. It's great fun. A good way for spotting animals.'

    'Can you steer it?'

    'Not very well. You go where the wind listeth, like a thistledown.'"

    - 'Windfall', Desmond Bagley.

    January 6, 2008

  • Citation at sedge.

    November 13, 2008