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contour feather

noun, Ornithology
one of the feathers that form the surface plumage of a bird, including those of the wings and tail but excluding such specialized types as downs and filoplumes.
Origin of contour feather
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for contour-feather

contour feather

any of the feathers that cover the body of an adult bird, apart from the wings and tail, and determine its shape
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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