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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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thistledownthis‧tle‧down /ˈθɪsəldaʊn/ noun [uncountable]  HBPthe soft feathery substance fastened to thistle seeds that helps them to float in the air
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thistledownA thistledown floated into the bright phallus of the sunbeam and hovered over his face.He blew a bit of thistledown from the still-wet surface of his picture.She was no lightweight, yet he had lifted her as though she were thistledown.
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