see plush, n. for etymology and possible noun interpretations.
- Soft; velvety; downy like a caterpillar; fuzzy like a bee; [fig.] pleasant; entranced with the joys of marital love.
plush [-es] n
ME < Fr. pluche, velvet, silk fabric < peluchier, pick, untangle hair.
- Fuzz; down; silky texture; soft fabric; cloth with a velvety nap; [fig.] softness; luxuriousness.
- Luxury; opulence; sumptuousness; [fig.] gentility; refinement; eloquence; elegant expression; beautiful sentiment.
- Caterpillar; delicate creature; endangered species; exquisite object; rare thing.
- Silk; finest quality fabric; [fig.] funeral shroud; casket lining.
- Cushion; padding; [onomatopoetic] swish; soft sound that paws make.
- Soft ground cover; dead grass, new snow, or fallen leaves.
- Pollen; soft flower petals; rows of blossoms in a garden.
- [As subject or object] soft body; fuzzy exterior; [as object] pollen; delicate flower petals; luxurious field of blossoms; [fig.] pelt; skin; ectoderm of a bee; exterior surface of a caterpillar; [metonym] caterpillar (see J173/Fr171). [The syntactic and lexical ambiguities of this occurrence of “Plush” are challenging to define.]
- Muffler; insulation; material that dampens sound; [fig.] silence; quiet; hush; soundlessness.
- Comfort; balm; soothing ability; smoothing power; way of easing pain; skill at diminishing grief.