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feathered

[feth -erd] /ˈfɛð ərd/
adjective
1.
clothed, covered, or provided with feathers, as a bird or an arrow.
2.
quick; rapid; speedy; swift:
feathered feet.
3.
(of a veneer) cut to show a figure resembling a plume.
Origin of feathered
1000
before 1000; Middle English fethered, Old English gefetherede, see feather, -ed3
Related forms
unfeathered, adjective
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  • The great difficulty would be to shoot the unfeathered, clumsy arrows true to the mark.

    With the Indians in the Rockies James Willard Schultz
  • If this is true, the unfeathered perroquets were not so spiteful as the feathered ones too often are.

  • The unfeathered owl blinked dazedly in general society as the feathered one does in daylight.

    Septimus William J. Locke
  • The unfeathered shaft looked as if it had been battered off to the proper length with a jagged stone.

    The World That Couldn't Be Clifford Donald Simak
  • What had been the screams of the American eagle, if any, concerning his moral leadership of the family of unfeathered bipeds?

  • The reference is to the logical definition of man as "an unfeathered biped," which is as old as Plato.

    George Fox George Fox
  • At the approach of an unfeathered biped the hen bird takes wing with a screech, and is apt to vanish for the rest of that day.

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