What does the word eider mean?

Usage examples for eider

  1. The down of that pr- rovident bird, the eider duck, makes a substitute for the flesh that ought to pad my poor bones. – A Tar-Heel Baron by Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
  2. The eider downs, all the eider down coverings belonging to the imperial family disappeared yesterday morning. – The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux
  3. For hundreds of miles he travelled along the east coast of Hudson's Bay and the southern shores of the Straits, now driven ashore by the storm, anon interrupted by drift- ice, and obliged to carry his canoe for miles and miles on his shoulders, while the faithful Aneetka trudged by his side, happy as the day was long; for, although her load was necessarily a heavy one, her love for Maximus made it rest lighter than the eider- down that floated from her fingers when she plucked the wild birds for their evening meal. – Ungava by R.M. Ballantyne