• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Eider-down the soft down of the eider-duck, used for stuffing quilts
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. through Sw. from Ice. æðar, gen. of æðr, an eider-duck.


In literature:

Tell him, Excellency, that I am come to explain the mystery of the eider downs.
"The Secret of the Night" by Gaston Leroux
Drop 'em on an eider-down pillow, and they'd scream.
"The Second Thoughts of An Idle Fellow" by Jerome K. Jerome
He sat up as alertly as if he had slept upon eider-down.
"On the Firing Line" by Anna Chapin Ray and Hamilton Brock Fuller
Finally, he took an eider-down quilt from the bed, and wrapped it round her; then slipped noiselessly from the room.
"Maurice Guest" by Henry Handel Richardson
Thereupon he plunged yet further beneath the eider-down quilt, which kept him in a state of pleasant warmth.
"The Fat and the Thin" by Emile Zola
We had not shipped the eider-down linings to our sleeping-bags, in order to keep them dry as long as possible.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
They are lined with eider down.
"Big People and Little People of Other Lands" by Edward R. Shaw
Presently the eider down and brazier were removed, and our dinner was brought in.
"A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam'" by Annie Allnut Brassey
I hate everybody and everything, especially the eider-down quilt, which rises in slow billows in front of my eyes and threatens to engulf me.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 152, April 18, 1917" by Various
He took some rosy-redness from the Flamingo, the gilding of the Goldfinch, the gray down of an Eider-Duck.
"The Curious Book of Birds" by Abbie Farwell Brown
The eider-duck, so much prized for its down, is found in considerable numbers.
"Notes of a Twenty-Five Years' Service in the Hudson's Bay Territory" by John M'lean
The rain is beating against my windows, and I lie dreaming comfortably and warmly on my eider-down coverlet.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume III (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
Hans, the guide, just as if he had been eider-down hunting, swallowed every mouthful, as though it were a usual affair.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
Eider-down bed covers are very valuable because of their light weight and great warmth-retaining qualities.
"Vitality Supreme" by Bernarr Macfadden
Furthermore, "Eider down" was recognized as the most desirable of all feathers for certain domestic uses.
"The Bird Study Book" by Thomas Gilbert Pearson
Darius dropped the watch on the eider-down, and sighed in despair, and fell back on the pillow and shut his eyes.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
It went into the stream a fat, round, comfortable ball of eider-down.
"Martin Rattler" by R.M. Ballantyne
Mariana found Miss Ramsey lying at length upon the hearth-rug in her tiny sitting-room, her head resting upon an eider-down cushion.
"Phases of an Inferior Planet" by Ellen Glasgow
As necessary to its early stages as down to an eider chick.
"Boon, The Mind of the Race, The Wild Asses of the Devil, and The Last Trump;" by Herbert George Wells
It was somewhere among the mid-hours of the night, and all appeared to be as sound asleep as if reclining upon couches of eider-down.
"Afloat in the Forest" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

Do I Northward turn--
O'er the waste lands lone,
Soft as eider down
Are the snowflakes blown.
"To Russia" by Ivan Nikitin
Seek ye a couch of softest eider-down,
The silken floss that baby birdling warms,
Or shaded moss with blushing roses strown,
And Love will find--when they are all alone--
A softer couch in some fair woman's arms.
"Love Will Find" by Hanford Lennox Gordon

In news:

Eiderdown is soft, warm down from the breast feathers of the female eider duck, which famously plucks down from her chest to line her nest and keep her eggs and infant duckies safe and warm.
Eiderdown is soft, warm down from the breast feathers of the female eider duck, which famously plucks down from her chest to line her nest and keep her eggs and infant duckies safe and warm.