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sickle feather


noun

one of the paired, elongated, sickle-shaped, middle feathers of the tail of the rooster.

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Origin of sickle feather

First recorded in 1680–90
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British Dictionary definitions for sickle feather

sickle feather


noun

(often plural) any of the elongated tail feathers of certain birds, esp the domestic cock

Word Origin for sickle feather

C17: so called because of its shape
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