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pinfeather

[pin-feth-er]
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noun Ornithology.
  1. an undeveloped feather before the web portions have expanded.
  2. a feather just coming through the skin.

Origin of pinfeather

First recorded in 1765–75; pin + feather
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Historical Examples

  • The Indian is kept poor all the year round and plucked of every pinfeather.

    My Native Land

    James Cox


British Dictionary definitions for pinfeather

pinfeather

noun
  1. ornithol a feather emerging from the skin and still enclosed in its horny sheath
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