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gay-feather

[gey-feth-er] /ˈgeɪˌfɛð ər/
noun
1.
any of several composite plants of the genus Liatris, especially L. spicata or L. scariosa, having hairy leaves and long clusters of purplish flowers.
Origin of gay-feather
1810-1820
An Americanism dating back to 1810-20
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