- Ochroma Lagopus
- Down Down, n. [Akin to LG. dune, dun, Icel. d?nn, Sw. dun,
Dan. duun, G. daune, cf. D. dons; perh. akin to E. dust.]
1. Fine, soft, hairy outgrowth from the skin or surface of
animals or plants, not matted and fleecy like wool; esp.:
(a) (Zo["o]l.) The soft under feathers of birds. They have
short stems with soft rachis and bards and long
threadlike barbules, without hooklets.
(b) (Bot.) The pubescence of plants; the hairy crown or
envelope of the seeds of certain plants, as of the
(c) The soft hair of the face when beginning to appear.
And the first down begins to shade his face. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]
2. That which is made of down, as a bed or pillow; that which affords ease and repose, like a bed of down [1913 Webster]
When in the down I sink my head, Sleep, Death's twin brother, times my breath. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]
Thou bosom softness, down of all my cares! --Southern. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.