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a fairy with gossamer wings
  characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy


so thin as to transmit light
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  • a fairy with gossamer wings
  • ...a parachute — a few gossamer yards grasping onto air and suspending below them, with invisible threads, a human life,
    Charles A. Lindbergh
  • pretty speeches full of gossamer rhetoric
  • I sat up, and a gossamer sheet floated away.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian

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  • Arousing from the most profound of slumbers, we break the gossamer web of some dream.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute, which goes directly to the heart of him who has had frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of mere Man.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • I cautiously walked into a room lit only by the fading daylight spilling in through the gossamer curtains, but it was enough for me to see the excitement on Aspen’s face.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • In the gossamer stillness, my paranoia ratchets up.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Enoch said, "Mine—it’s a mine!" and what had seemed like gossamer wings resolved suddenly and clearly into a parachute, the fat silver body hanging below it packed with explosives; an angel of death floating serenely toward earth.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • My fingers danced; intricate and quick they spun something gossamer and tremulous into the circle of light our fire had made.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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  • THEY MAY look a little like angels with their gossamer dragonfly wings folded along the contours of their backs, but they are not.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • The shimmering forms of dryads emerged from their trees—a legion of Daphnes in green gossamer dresses.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Lined with pillars that supported a mezzanine, the floor was checkered black-and-white tile, and the floor-to-ceiling glass doors that made up one entire wall were open, the gossamer curtains blowing in the chilly breeze that drifted in from the garden.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Strung between a window in each of two towers was a gossamer thread of china from which hung—laundry!
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Mrs. Barbour —in gossamer-gray cashmere—had come in, coffee cup in hand.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Rue, who is dressed in a gossamer gown complete with wings, flutters her way to Caesar.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • The transparent underskin tore like gossamer under his fingers.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • The women were dressed in white gossamer gowns and golden shoes.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • A third with pins in her mouth was running about between the countess and Sonya, and a fourth held the whole of the gossamer garment up high on one uplifted hand.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Slanting through the thin silver mist; the dew upon the yellow leaves was glimmering, and the woven nets of gossamer twinkled on every bush.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • It was a little thing with a veil of gossamer on its head.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • A silver mist surrounded Perry Fleming, rising off her skin in gossamer threads.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • She paused, expecting him to smile, but he went on smoking his cigarette, and I noticed, faint as gossamer, the line between his brows.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Here comes the lady:—O, so light a foot Will ne’er wear out the everlasting flint: A lover may bestride the gossamer That idles in the wanton summer air And yet not fall; so light is vanity.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • There was a light gossamer touch on my face.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • She had long, dark hair cut Cleopatra-style and a white gossamer dress that complemented her graceful figure.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • Not even Melanie’s influence could repair the break of that gossamer thread.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Tonight, when the veil between the worlds is thin—when magic is afoot within the mundane—perhaps Nyx will grant your petitions and dust you with the gossamer mist of dreams fulfilled.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • The postilions, with a thousand gossamer gnats circling about them in lieu of the Furies, quietly mended the points to the lashes of their whips; the valet walked by the horses; the courier was audible, trotting on ahead into the dun distance.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • She swung her own legs over the edge of the bed and slid into gossamer panties.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • For a brief second, I was distracted by the profusion of white blossoms that hung in garlands from everything in the room that wasn’t alive, dripping with long lines of white gossamer ribbons.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • And the chief thing demanded by these intricacies of civilisation was control, restraint—a poise of self that was as delicate as the fluttering of gossamer wings and at the same time as rigid as steel.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Eve is lovely, a valentine hairline, white gossamer panties.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • The silken hair, too, had been suffered to grow all unheeded, and as, in its wild gossamer texture, it floated rather than fell about the face, I could not, even with effort, connect its Arabesque expression with any idea of simple humanity.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • When you invert your head, it looks like a thread of finest gossamer stretched across the valley, and gleaming against the distant pine woods, separating one stratum of the atmosphere from another.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • When he withdrew it, some silvery substance came away, stretching from temple to wand like a thick gossamer strand, which broke as he pulled the wand away from it and fell gracefully into the Pensieve, where it swirled silvery-white, neither gas nor liquid.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • We made merry about Dora’s wanting to be liked, and Dora said I was a goose, and she didn’t like me at any rate, and the short evening flew away on gossamer-wings.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Below it was another dress, this one made of silvery silk, with slender bejeweled straps holding up its gossamer weight.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Hadst thou been aught but gossamer, feathers, air, So many fathom down precipitating, Thou’dst shiver’d like an egg: but thou dost breathe; Hast heavy substance; bleed’st not; speak’st; art sound.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • Jessica felt that the night was dominated by degrees of smallness in substances beneath their feet and hands—boulders or pea gravel or flaked rock or pea sand or sand itself or grit or dust or gossamer powder.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Looking at it from the roof of her house, she had thought that crossing it would make her feel like a gossamer-winged fairy flying through the air.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Wraithlike flames, blue and gossamer, flickered across the surface of the oil and then vanished with small shrieks of fury.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • But worst of all, they were transparent, gossamer, like stage drops made of silk.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • He was merely floating those gossamer threads of thought which, like the spider’s he Hoped would lay hold somewhere.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Fascinated, he watched the heavy dark drop hang in the glistening cloud, and pull down the gossamer.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Such an unworldly, uncalculating, gossamer creature is a relief to him and an amusement.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • How serene does she now arise, a queen among the Pleiades, in the penultimate antelucan hour, shod in sandals of bright gold, coifed with a veil of what do you call it gossamer.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The one currently floating through your head on gossamer wings.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • I drifted like a gossamer; the ground seemed to me a cloud, the hills a feather-weight, the air to have a current, like a running burn, which carried me to and fro.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • As the last pirate began his climb, I ran down the catwalk and hurried up the ladder to the aft crow’s nest, past the shimmering gossamer skin of the gas cells.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
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