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cock feather

noun
  1. archery the odd-coloured feather set on the shaft of an arrow at right angles to the nockCompare shaft feather
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Historical Examples

  • This is an arrow of the same kind; and, besides, it is without a cock-feather.

    Captain Kyd (Vol 1 of 2)

    Jonathon Holt Ingraham

  • This is known as the cock-feather, and should always point away from the bow when the arrow is shot.

    The Boy Craftsman

    A. Neely Hall

  • Turn the arrow till the cock-feather comes uppermost; then pass it down the bow, and fix it on the nocking point of the string.

    How to Fence

    Aaron A. Warford

  • This is called the cock-feather, and it is usually marked or colored in some way to be quickly distinguished.

    Boy Scouts Handbook

    Boy Scouts of America