Definition of

Gossamer

  1. (noun, artifact) filaments from a web that was spun by a spider
  2. (noun, artifact) a gauze fabric with an extremely fine texture
  3. (adj, all) characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy
    gossamer shading through his playing
  4. (adj, all) so thin as to transmit light
    filmy wings of a moth
    gauzy clouds of dandelion down
    gossamer cobwebs
    sheer silk stockings
    transparent chiffon
    vaporous silks

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Alternate forms of Gossamer

Derivations: gossamer

Hypernyms: fibril, filament, gauze, netting, strand, veiling

Origin of the word Gossamer

  1. early 14c., "spider threads spun in fields of stubble in late fall," apparently from gos "goose" + sumer "summer" (cf. Swed. sommertrad "summer thread"). The reference might be to a fancied resemblance of the silk to goose down, or because geese are in season then. The Ger. equivalent m?dchensommer (lit. "girls' summer") also has a sense of "Indian s… more

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