Definition of Downy

1. Adjective. Like down or as soft as down.

Exact synonyms: Downlike, Flossy, Fluffy
Similar to: Soft
Derivative terms: Down, Downiness, Floss, Fluff, Fluffiness

2. Adjective. Covered with fine soft hairs or down. "Downy milkweed seeds"
Exact synonyms: Puberulent, Pubescent, Sericeous
Category relationships: Biological Science, Biology
Similar to: Haired, Hairy, Hirsute
Derivative terms: Down, Downiness

Definition of Downy

1. a. Covered with down, or with pubescence or soft hairs.

Definition of Downy

1. Adjective. Having down, covered with a soft fuzzy coating as of small feathers. ¹

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Definition of Downy

1. soft [adj DOWNIER, DOWNIEST] - See also: soft

Medical Definition of Downy

1. Covered with short, fine hairs. (04 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Downy

downy (current term)
downy ash
downy birch
downy brome
downy cheat
downy chess
downy ground cherry
downy haw
downy manzanita
downy mildew
downy poplar
downy wood mint
downy woodpecker
downy yellow violet

Literary usage of Downy

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1. The Cyclopædia;: Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Abraham Rees by Abraham Rees (1819)
"Leaves elliptic-oblong, acute, pliant; pale and finely downy beneath. ... are pale at the back, being very minutely downy with ..."

2. Fungous Diseases of Plants: With Chapters on Physiology, Culture Methods and by Benjamin Minge Duggar (1909)
"The experiments of Millardet in France in 1881, and subsequently, led promptly to the perfection of Bordeaux mixture as a fungicide. XIII. downy MILDEW OF ..."

3. Our Vanishing Wild Life: Its Extermination and Preservation by William Temple Hornaday (1913)
"The downy Woodpecker is the champion tree-protector, and also one of the greatest ... When man is quite unable to find the hidden larvae, downy locates it ..."

4. Handbook of Nature-study for Teachers and Parents, Based on the Cornell by Anna Botsford Comstock (1911)
"F1 The downy has a way of alighting low down on a tree trunk or at the base of a ... The downy, as other woodpeckers, has a special arrangement of its ..."

5. The North American Sylva, Or, A Description of the Forest Trees, of the by François André Michaux, Augustus Lucas Hillhouse (1819)
"THE downy Lime Tree belongs to the southern parts of the United States and to the Floridas. It grows of preference on the borders of rivers and large ..."

6. Manual of Fruit Diseases by Lexemuel Ray Hesler, Herbert Hice Whetzel (1917)
"During the five preceding years, French growers had been warned against such importations from the United States on account of the downy-mildew of grapes. ..."

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