Definition of downy:
The whole valley is saucer shaped, with a more or less complete high edge, except at a small part on the Dardanelles side, where the land shelves to the sea at Morto Bay, this low lying part being moist and fertile, with fairly heavy timber and huge downy topped reeds 12 feet high.- "The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"", George Davidson.
By night, also, the effect was wonderful; the electric lights among the foliage broke out; the great downy- winged moths, which had been asleep all day while the butterflies flitted through the sunshine, now came out to display their crimson or peacock- spotted wings, and the butterflies folded their wings and went to bed for the night.- "Police!!!", Robert W. Chambers.
- "Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad", Various.