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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

The pappus from the ripe flower head of a prickly plant.

Usage examples (37)
  • A thing as important as thistledown is as unimportantly dismissed.
  • We also believed that there's a secret name which, if you call the thistledown by, will make it fly into your hand.
  • 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.
  • Corn silk for their cushions, thistledown for a bed, for more
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