Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ornithology, a feather, generally of small size compared with a contour-feather, characterized by a downy or plumulaceous structure throughout; a plumule. See plumule.
“Furniture with 8 way hand tied springs, soft down-feather or dacron covered soft foam - is difficult to find.”
“I stood on tiptoe to straighten his jabot, and brushed a floating down-feather off his shoulder.”
“The fallen down-feather moved in a breath of wind, betraying its presence in the shadows.”
“You can buy pillows that contain both, but 100 percent down is considered superior to a down-feather mix.”
“It presents a fine picture of Roman pride and Eastern magnificence: and in the struggle between the two, the empire of the world seems suspended, 'like the swan's down-feather:”
“The film begins by establishing a tense relationship between Keith and an emotionally distraught young woman named Laura - played by Bronstein's wife Mary - but the prospect of a romantic plotline is quickly abandoned as Laura morbidly exploits her down-feather allergy and Keith fails to cheer her up with the most boring sock puppet show ever performed.”
“I've been keeping my body limber and capable for decades now, through all kinds of strain, as loose as a down-feather and as tight as whipcord as needed, but-it's all been to last as long as possible during the pace of time.”
“The chicks are between a few weeks and two months old, and have only a down-feather covering, and when they get wet they die of hypothermia caused by wind chill. ”
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