a substitute for whalebone, made from the quills of domestic fowls.

Origin of featherbone

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; feather + bone
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Historical Examples of featherbone

  • Sew in featherbone by cat stitching to the seam, first finishing the ends by button-holing.

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