Eider-down

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Eider-down the soft down of the eider-duck, used for stuffing quilts
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. through Sw. from Ice. æðar, gen. of æðr, an eider-duck.

Usage

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
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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.
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