Eider down
Eider Ei"der, n. [Of Scand. origin, cf. Icel [ae]?r; akin to Sw. eider, Dan. ederfugl.] (Zo["o]l.) Any species of sea duck of the genus {Somateria}, esp. {Somateria mollissima}, which breeds in the northern parts of Europe and America, and lines its nest with fine down (taken from its own body) which is an article of commerce; -- called also {eider duck}. The American eider ({S. Dresseri}), the king eider ({S. spectabilis}), and the spectacled eider ({Arctonetta Fischeri}) are related species. [1913 Webster]

{Eider down}. [Cf. Icel. [ae][eth]ard[=u]n, Sw. eiderd[=u]n, Dan. ederduun.] Down of the eider duck, much sought after as an article of luxury. [1913 Webster]


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  • eider down — eider down, or ei|der|down «Y duhr DOWN», noun. 1. the soft feathers from the breasts of eider ducks, used to stuff pillows and quilts, and as trimming; eider. 2. a quilt stuffed with these feathers. ╂[ultimately < Scandinavian (compare Old… …   Useful english dictionary

  • eider down — down of the eider duck …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • Down feather — The down of birds is a layer of fine feathers found under the tougher exterior feathers. Very young birds are clad only in down. Powder down is a specialized type of down found only in a few groups of birds. Down is a fine thermal insulator and… …   Wikipedia

  • Eider — Ei der, n. [Of Scand. origin, cf. Icel [ae]?r; akin to Sw. eider, Dan. ederfugl.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any species of sea duck of the genus {Somateria}, esp. {Somateria mollissima}, which breeds in the northern parts of Europe and America, and lines its… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • eider duck — Eider Ei der, n. [Of Scand. origin, cf. Icel [ae]?r; akin to Sw. eider, Dan. ederfugl.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any species of sea duck of the genus {Somateria}, esp. {Somateria mollissima}, which breeds in the northern parts of Europe and America, and lines… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Eider a duvet — Eider à duvet Eider à duvet …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Eider commun — Eider à duvet Eider à duvet …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Eider À Duvet — Eider à duvet …   Wikipédia en Français

  • eider — ► NOUN (pl. same or eiders) 1) (also eider duck) a northern sea duck, the male of which has mainly black and white plumage. 2) (also eider down) small, soft feathers from the breast of the female eider duck. ORIGIN Old Norse …   English terms dictionary

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