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  • adj. Having no feathers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Destitute of feathers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without feathers; unfledged.

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

  • adj. having no feathers


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  • After all, the defining human characteristic is not compassion or the ability to walk upright or our vague mistrust of the Prudential lady or even the notion that we are featherless bipeds possessing a soul.

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  • And the chickens, featherless but indomitable, were enjoying the milder weather as they pecked at the grain and grits which the steward had just placed in their feeding-trough.


  • Go buy an art poster if you must, but don't encourage the abuse of featherless battery hens that pop out countless empty blobs of colored mud parading as art.

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  • Diogenes famously joked that if humans are a featherless biped, then a plucked chicken is human.

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  • He was an executive at an important film company who, when faced with a featherless hatchling, felt his heart go soft for the first time in weeks, maybe even months.

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  • On Friday night in Venice Beach, a featherless and freshly-hatched bird twitched sadly on the concrete sidewalk.

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  • Because of their ill-judged moulting they are quite featherless.


  • Of course there's a beard on old toms, their heads are featherless whereas a hen's head has feathers up the back.


  • In fact, the partly featherless chicken is a species containing a natural mutation called naked neck which is becoming popular in hot countries, such as Israel, where the animals can be kept cool without a full feather covering.

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  • But what geneticists have not developed, insists Sang, is the featherless chicken, illustrated on the right.

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