/uy"deuhr down'/, n.
1. down, or soft feathers, from the breast of the female eider duck.
2. a heavy quilt or comforter, esp. one filled with eiderdown.
3. a warm, lightweight knitted or woven fabric of wool, cotton, or man-made fibers, napped on one or both sides, used for sleepwear, infants' clothing, etc.
[1765-75; EIDER + DOWN2]

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  • eiderdown — /ˈaɪdədaʊn / (say uyduhdown) noun 1. down or soft feathers from the breast of the eider duck. 2. a heavy quilt, properly one filled with eiderdown (def. 1). 3. US a fabric of cotton with wool nap. {Icelandic ædardūn (18th century spelling) down… …   Australian-English dictionary

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