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gossamer (adj) (of thread, fabric, etc.,) fine and very thin; flimsy.

Very light and delicate material, especially of a fabric, is gossamer. Gossamer thin is very thin, delicate, and sparse. A gossamer veil is a face cover of thin and transparent material that it can be clearly seen through. The fine thread woven by a spider is gossamer.

  • The gossamer thin frock worn by the model at the fashion show concealed little of her body underneath. It was so thin and transparent, that it was as good as wearing nothing.
  • The gossamer thread which the ornament was tied to appeared to be delicate enough to snap at any time.
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