(Dow"ered) p. a. Furnished with, or as with, dower or a marriage portion. Shak.
(Dow"er*less), a. Destitute of dower; having no marriage portion. Shak.
(Dow"er*y) n. See Dower.
(Dow"itch*er) n. (Zoöl.) The red-breasted or gray snipe (Macrorhamphus griseus); - - called
also brownback, and grayback.
(Dowl) n. Same as Dowle.
(Dow"las) n. [Prob. fr. Doullens, a town of Picardy, in France, formerly celebrated for this manufacture.]
A coarse linen cloth made in the north of England and in Scotland, now nearly replaced by calico. Shak.
(Dowle) n. [Cf. OF. douille soft. Cf. Ductile.] Feathery or wool-like down; filament of a feather.
No feather, or dowle of a feather.De Quincey.
(Down) n. [Akin to LG. dune, dun, Icel. dunn, Sw. dun, Dan. duun, G. daune, cf. D. dons; perh.
akin to E. dust.]
1. Fine, soft, hairy outgrowth from the skin or surface of animals or plants, not matted and fleecy like
wool; esp.: (a) (Zoöl.) The soft under feathers of birds. They have short stems with soft rachis and bards
and long threadlike barbules, without hooklets. (b) (Bot.) The pubescence of plants; the hairy crown or
envelope of the seeds of certain plants, as of the thistle. (c) The soft hair of the face when beginning
And the first down begins to shade his face.Dryden.
2. That which is made of down, as a bed or pillow; that which affords ease and repose, like a bed of
When in the down I sink my head,Tennyson.
Sleep, Death's twin brother, times my breath.
Thou bosom softness, down of all my cares!Southern.
Down tree (Bot.), a tree of Central America the seeds of which are enveloped in vegetable wool.