from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A lightweight corset bone originally made from the quills of domestic fowl instead of whalebone.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A substitute for whalebone, made from the quills of domestic fowls.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A substitute for whalebone, made from the quills of geese and turkeys.
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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.
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.