thistledown

noun
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

First Known Use of thistledown

1561, in the meaning defined above

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“Thistledown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thistledown. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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thistledown

noun

English Language Learners Definition of thistledown

: the light parts of thistle flowers that contain the seeds and that blow away in the wind

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