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

  • n. A lightweight corset bone originally made from the quills of domestic fowl instead of whalebone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A substitute for whalebone, made from the quills of geese and turkeys.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A substitute for whalebone, made from the quills of domestic fowls.


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  • 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.

    Textiles and Clothing

  • Sew in featherbone by cat stitching to the seam, first finishing the ends by button-holing.

    Textiles and Clothing

  • Linings: Waist (practice materials): basting, stitching, pressing, binding, boning (whalebone, featherbone); hooks and eyes; facing; overcasting.

    The Making of a Trade School


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