from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Devoid of webs for most or all the length of its shaft, as a feather; wired, as a bird. See wire-tailed, and cut under Seleucides.
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Here would lie the great bird of Paradise, all cinnamon, metallic green and buff, with its loose plumage and long wire-shafted feathers.