1. The skin of a swan with the feathers attached.
2. Any of several flannel or cotton fabrics with a soft nap.


1. (Textiles) the skin of a swan with the feathers attached
2. (Textiles) a fine twill-weave flannel fabric



1. the skin of a swan, with the feathers on.
2. any of various softly napped fabrics, esp. a flannellike wool used for work clothes.
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Later I learned that a molleton, molletone in Italian, is literally a swanskin, a soft skin.
The European craze for swanskin powder puffs, quill pens and feathers for ladies' hats all but wiped out the species by the late 1800s.
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