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[af-ter-shaft, ahf-ter-shahft]
noun Ornithology.
  1. a supplementary feather, usually small, arising from the underside of the base of the shafts of certain feathers in many birds.
  2. the shaft of such a feather.
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Origin of aftershaft

First recorded in 1865–70; after + shaft
Related formsaf·ter·shaft·ed, adjective
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Historical Examples of aftershaft

  • Only in the cassowary and emu among adult birds is the aftershaft as large as the main shaft.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 2


British Dictionary definitions for aftershaft


  1. ornithol a secondary feather arising near the base of a contour feather
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