this·​tle·​down | \ ˈthi-səl-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce thistledown (audio) \

Definition of thistledown

: the typically plumose pappus from the ripe flower head of a thistle

Examples of thistledown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But for now, a cold April’s closing moments parachute slowly home, so by mid-afternoon snow is recast as seed heads and thistledown. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Apr. 2022

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First Known Use of thistledown

1561, in the meaning defined above

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“Thistledown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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