thistledown

noun this·tle·down \ ˈthi-səl-ˌdau̇n \

Definition of thistledown

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

First Known Use of thistledown

1561


THISTLEDOWN Defined for English Language Learners

thistledown

noun

Definition of thistledown for English Language Learners

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



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