- feathery or woolly down; filament of a feather
- 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 3 scene 3
- De Quincey, Notes on Godwin Foster and Hazlitt, at page 304 in the collected works' volume of 1864.
- No feather, or dowle of a feather, but was heavy enough for him.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for dowle in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)