Eiderdown meaning

īdər-doun
The down of the eider, used as stuffing for quilts and pillows.
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A quilt stuffed with the down of the eider.
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A warm napped fabric.
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The soft, fine breast feathers, or down, of the eider, used as a stuffing for quilts, pillows, etc.
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A quilt stuffed with such feathers.
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(uncountable) The down of the eider duck, used for stuffing pillows and quilts.
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(countable) A quilt stuffed with this down.
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Origin of eiderdown

  • Swedish ejderdun from Icelandic ædhar-dún ædhar genitive of ædhr eider (from Old Norse ǣdhr) dún down (from Old Norse dūnn)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition