An eiderdown is a bed covering, placed on top of sheets and blankets, that is filled with small soft feathers or warm material. [BRIT]
(in AM, usually use comforter)

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Eiderdown — The soft down obtained from the breast and body of the eider duck, and used for padding eiderdown quilts, heavy wraps, muffs and necklets. Feathers taken from the eider duck are often used. Kapok is used as a substitute for inferior quilts (see… …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • Eiderdown — can refer to: * The down of the eider duck * A kind of comforter or quilt …   Wikipedia

  • eiderdown — 1774; see EIDER (Cf. eider) + DOWN (Cf. down) (n.). Ultimately from Icelandic æðardun, via a Scandinavian source (Cf. Dan. ederdunn) or Ger. Eiderdon …   Etymology dictionary

  • eiderdown — ► NOUN chiefly Brit. ▪ a quilt filled with down (originally from the eider) or some other soft material …   English terms dictionary

  • eiderdown — [ī′dərdoun΄] n. [< ON æthar dūn: see EIDER & DOWN2] 1. the soft, fine breast feathers, or down, of the eider, used as a stuffing for quilts, pillows, etc. 2. a quilt stuffed with such feathers …   English World dictionary

  • eiderdown — UK [ˈaɪdə(r)ˌdaʊn] / US [ˈaɪdərˌdaʊn] noun [countable] Word forms eiderdown : singular eiderdown plural eiderdowns a warm cover filled with feathers and put on top of the sheets and blankets on a bed. A warm cover used without sheets or blankets… …   English dictionary

  • eiderdown — noun Etymology: probably from German Eiderdaune, from Icelandic æthardūnn, from æthur + dūnn 7down Date: 1774 1. the down of the eider 2. a comforter filled with eiderdown 3. a soft lightweight clothing fabric knitted or woven and napped on one… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • eiderdown — /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 …   Universalium

  • eiderdown — ei•der•down [[t]ˈaɪ dərˌdaʊn[/t]] n. 1) under plumage from the breast of the female eider duck 2) clo a heavy quilt, esp. one filled with eiderdown 3) tex a warm, lightweight knitted or woven fabric, napped on one or both sides …   From formal English to slang

  • 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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