from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A tuft of feathers suggesting an oar, as those of the great horned owl.
- noun A tuft of feathers arising near the ear-opening, as in the Inca tern.
- noun A tuft or pencil of hair on the tip of the ear, as in the lynx.
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"In a word, correct, " he said, as Kel cocked an ear-tuft at him.
"They're going to make me vain, " Skin remarked, as yet another casket of jeweled collars and ear-tuft cuffs went into the packing crate.
She sat down beside him and nibbled his ear-tuft, with an affectionate caress along his milky-white cheek.
Zhaneel nibbled his ear-tuft again, then disappeared into the depths of the lair, presumably with some chore or other to take care of now that he was keeping the youngsters out of her feathers for a while.
" He scratched an ear-tuft slowly and thoughtfully.