[af-ter-shaft, ahf-ter-shahft]

noun Ornithology.

a supplementary feather, usually small, arising from the underside of the base of the shafts of certain feathers in many birds.
the shaft of such a feather.

Origin of aftershaft

First recorded in 1865–70; after + shaft
Related formsaf·ter·shaft·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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