Gossamer

Definition of Gossamer

Gos´sa`mer
n.1.
1.A fine, filmy substance, like cobwebs, floating in the air, in calm, clear weather, especially in autumn. It is seen in stubble fields and on furze or low bushes, and is formed by small spiders.
2.Any very thin gauzelike fabric; also, a thin waterproof stuff.
3.An outer garment, made of waterproof gossamer.
Gossamer spider
(Zool.) any small or young spider which spins webs by which to sail in the air. See Ballooning spider.

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