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noun Ornithology.
  1. an undeveloped feather before the web portions have expanded.
  2. a feather just coming through the skin.
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Origin of pinfeather

First recorded in 1765–75; pin + feather
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Examples from the Web for pinfeather

Historical Examples of 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


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