from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A growing feather still enclosed in its horny sheath, especially one just emerging through the skin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A developing feather as it emerges through the skin
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A feather not fully developed; esp., a rudimentary feather just emerging through the skin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See feather.
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“Long Live the Seersucker” was the headline, with a subhead that promised Mr. Ignatius was championing “a revival of cream-colored linen and balmy pinfeather.”
I've killed my share of Wisconsin turkeys and have never encountered a pinfeather.
Not so much as a snowy pinfeather tickled their eyes.
His keen teeth had not so much as ruffled its pinfeather plumage.
Just to show how one of those pinfeather Passions may be shunted onto
But the Buff Rock, a melody in color, shows that consonance, that consentaneousness, of flesh to feather that makes the plucked fowl to the feathered fowl what high noon is to the faint and far-off dawn -- a glow of golden legs and golden neck, mellow, melting as butter, and all the more so with every unpicked pinfeather.
He not only withdraws all objections to the nuptials, but allows he'll make the pinfeather sport an 'Abby full partners in the Sunflower.
Although Abby done threatens him with a gun-play to make him lead her to the altar that time her old paw creases him, an 'he begins to wax low-sperited about wedlock, still, the pinfeather party's enamoured of Abby an' wropped up in her.
On the level! now, 'goes on Texas to Black Jack as he pulls him off to a corner an' whispers so the pinfeather party don't hear; 'on the level, Jack! ain't it my dooty -- me who saveys what he's ag'inst -- to go warn this victim ag'in matrimony in all its horrors?'
Texas hardens his heart an 'gives up any notion of the pinfeather person's rescoo.