gossamer


gossamer
gossamer [gäs′əmər ēgäs′ə mər]
n.
[ME gosesomer, lit., goose summer: with allusion to the warm period in fall ( St. Martin's summer) when geese are in season and gossamer is chiefly noticed]
1. a filmy cobweb floating in the air or spread on bushes or grass
2. a very thin, soft, filmy cloth
3. former a lightweight waterproof coat
4. anything like gossamer in lightness, flimsiness, etc.
adj.
light, thin, and filmy: also gossamery [gäs′əmər ē]

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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