swan's-down

swan's-down

also swans·down (swŏnz′doun′)
n.
1. The soft down of a swan.
2. A soft woolen or wool and silk fabric.
3. Flannelette.

swan's-down

n
1. (Textiles) the fine soft down feathers of a swan, used to trim powder puffs, clothes, etc
2. (Textiles) a thick soft fabric of wool with silk, cotton, or rayon, used for infants' clothing, etc
3. (Textiles) a cotton fabric with a heavy nap
Translations

swan's-down

[ˈswɒnzˌdaʊn] npiumino (di cigno)
References in classic literature ?
Polly was not very wise, but she felt that every one about her found something more attractive than usual in her and modestly attributed Tom's devotion, Sydney's interest, and Frank's undisguised admiration, to the new bonnet or, more likely, to that delightful combination of cashmere, silk, and swan's-down, which, like Charity's mantle, seemed to cover a multitude of sins in other people's eyes and exalt the little music teacher to the rank of a young lady.
Sage, Reading' (a specially oily old gentleman in a blanket, with a swan's-down tippet for a beard, and a web of cracks all over him like rich pie-crust), to be a fine Guercino.
and makes the whiteness of her skin seem swan's-down White.