American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A lightweight corset bone originally made from the quills of domestic fowl instead of whalebone.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A substitute for whalebone, made from the quills of domestic fowls. The quills are slit into strips, which are twisted, and the resulting cords are wrapped together and pressed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A substitute for whalebone, made from the quills of geese and turkeys.
“It is used to finish flannel seams and hems, fasten down linings, opened seams, and canvas facings and featherbone, in millinery -- in fact, this stitch is one of the most useful in sewing.”
“Sew in featherbone by cat stitching to the seam, first finishing the ends by button-holing.”
“Linings: Waist (practice materials): basting, stitching, pressing, binding, boning (whalebone, featherbone); hooks and eyes; facing; overcasting.”
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