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Meaning of GOSSAMER

Pronunciation:  'gâsumur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  filaments from a cobweb
  2. [n]  a gauze fabric with an extremely fine texture
  3. [adj]  characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy; "this smallest and most ethereal of birds"; "gossamer shading through his playing"
  4. [adj]  so thin as to transmit light; "a hat with a diaphanous veil"; "filmy wings of a moth"; "gauzy clouds of dandelion down"; "gossamer cobwebs"; "sheer silk stockings"; "transparent chiffon"; "vaporous silks"

GOSSAMER is a 8 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: cobweb, cobwebby, delicate, diaphanous, ethereal, filmy, gauzy, see-through, sheer, thin, transparent, vaporous
 See Also: fibril, filament, gauze, netting, strand, veiling



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Gos"sa*mer\, n. [OE. gossomer, gossummer, gosesomer,
perh. for goose summer, from its downy appearance, or perh.
for God's summer, cf. G. mariengarr gossamer, properly Mary's
yarn, in allusion to the Virgin Mary. Perhaps the E. word
alluded to a legend that the gossamer was the remnant of the
Virgin Mary's winding sheet, which dropped from her when she
was taken up to heaven. For the use of summer in the sense of
film or threads, cf. G. M["a]dchensommer, Altweibersommer,
fliegender Sommer, all meaning, gossamer.]
1. A fine, filmy substance, like cobwebs, floating in the
   air, in calm, clear weather, especially in autumn. It is
   seen in stubble fields and on furze or low bushes, and is
   formed by small spiders.

2. Any very thin gauzelike fabric; also, a thin waterproof

3. An outer garment, made of waterproof gossamer.

{Gossamer spider} (Zo["o]l.), any small or young spider which
   spins webs by which to sail in the air. See {Ballooning

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