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Definition of gossamer noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    gossamer

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈɡɒsəmə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːsəmər//
     
    [uncountable]
     
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  1. 1the very fine thread made by spiders
  2. 2(literary) any very light delicate material a gown of gossamer silk the gossamer wings of a dragonfly
  3. Word Origin Middle English: apparently from goose + summer, perhaps from the time of year around St Martin's summer, i.e. early November, when geese were eaten (gossamer being common then).
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