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aftershaft

[af-ter-shaft, ahf-ter-shahft] /ˈæf tərˌʃæft, ˈɑf tərˌʃɑft/
noun, Ornithology
1.
a supplementary feather, usually small, arising from the underside of the base of the shafts of certain feathers in many birds.
2.
the shaft of such a feather.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; after + shaft
Related forms
aftershafted, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for aftershaft

aftershaft

/ˈɑːftəˌʃɑːft/
noun
1.
(ornithol) a secondary feather arising near the base of a contour feather
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