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sickle feather

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noun
  1. one of the paired, elongated, sickle-shaped, middle feathers of the tail of the rooster.

Origin of sickle feather

First recorded in 1680–90
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British Dictionary definitions for sickle feather

sickle feather

noun
  1. (often plural) any of the elongated tail feathers of certain birds, esp the domestic cock

Word Origin

C17: so called because of its shape
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