pinfeather

[pin-feth-er]
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noun Ornithology.

an undeveloped feather before the web portions have expanded.
a feather just coming through the skin.

Nearby words

  1. pinetum,
  2. pineville,
  3. pinewood,
  4. piney,
  5. pinfall,
  6. pinfire,
  7. pinfish,
  8. pinfold,
  9. ping,
  10. ping hsin

Origin of pinfeather

First recorded in 1765–75; pin + feather

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Examples from the Web for pinfeather

  • The Indian is kept poor all the year round and plucked of every pinfeather.

    My Native Land|James Cox


British Dictionary definitions for pinfeather

pinfeather

noun

ornithol a feather emerging from the skin and still enclosed in its horny sheath
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