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Never was a bed so sweetly smoothed to the downiness of a swan's breast!

The downiness noticed on the underside of the Bullace leaves is here restricted to the ribs of the leaf.

The variety may also be known by the downiness of the young leaves, the calyx-tube, and the stalks.

The habit of the shrub is densely bushy, and the foliage has a greyish green colour from its downiness.

Plum or plump, as applied to a bed, would certainly convey the idea of softness or downiness.

WORD ORIGIN

1570s, from down (n.1) + -y (2).

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