flight feather

noun Ornithology.

one of the large, stiff feathers of the wing and tail of a bird that are essential to flight.

Origin of flight feather

First recorded in 1725–35
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British Dictionary definitions for flight feather

flight feather


any of the large stiff feathers that cover the wings and tail of a bird and are adapted for flying
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