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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of the outermost feathers of a bird, forming the visible body contour and plumage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any feather possessing a central shaft (rachis), usually with vanes composed of barbs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. feathers covering the body of an adult bird and determining its shape


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