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1) The soft, interior feathers from the breast of a female eider duck (Somateria mollissima). Eiderdown is used as stuffing for jackets, sleeping bags, comforters, and pillows.

2) A soft, warm, lightweight napped fabric often used for bathrobes, blankets, sleepwear, and infants clothing.

Synonyms and Related Terms

eider down; edredón (Esp.); donzen dekbed; eiderdons (Ned);

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 315
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, Phyllis G.Tortora, Robert S. Merkel (eds.), Fairchild Publications, New York City, 7th edition, 1996
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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