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gossamer

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noun gos·sa·mer \ˈgä-sə-mər also ˈgäz-mər, ˈgä-zə-\

Simple Definition of gossamer

  • : a piece of a spider's web

  • : a very light or delicate material

Full Definition of gossamer

  1. 1 :  a film of cobwebs floating in air in calm clear weather

  2. 2 :  something light, delicate, or insubstantial <the gossamer of youth's dreams — Andrea Parke>

gos·sa·mery play \-mə-rē\ adjective

Examples of gossamer

  1. a butterfly's wings of gossamer



Origin of gossamer

Middle English gossomer, from gos goose + somer summer


First Known Use: 14th century


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gossamer

adjective gos·sa·mer

Definition of gossamer

  1. :  extremely light, delicate, or tenuous



Examples of gossamer

  1. <fairies are usually depicted as wearing gossamer or tattered clothing>

  2. <the gossamer veil seemed to float about the bride as she walked down the aisle>



Circa 1807

First Known Use of gossamer

circa 1807


GOSSAMER Defined for Kids

gossamer

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noun gos·sa·mer \ˈgä-sə-mər, -zə-\

Definition of gossamer

  1. :  a film of cobwebs floating in the air





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