pinfeather

[ pin-feth-er ]
/ ˈpɪnˌfɛð ər /
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noun Ornithology.

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

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

/ (ˈpɪnˌfɛðə) /

noun

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

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