from The 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.


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  • Furniture with 8 way hand tied springs, soft down-feather or dacron covered soft foam - is difficult to find.

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  • I stood on tiptoe to straighten his jabot, and brushed a floating down-feather off his shoulder.

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  • The fallen down-feather moved in a breath of wind, betraying its presence in the shadows.

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  • You can buy pillows that contain both, but 100 percent down is considered superior to a down-feather mix.

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  • 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:

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  • 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.

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  • "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.

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  • 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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