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flight feather

noun, Ornithology
one of the large, stiff feathers of the wing and tail of a bird that are essential to flight.
Origin of flight feather
1725-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for flight feather
  • Have students sketch a whooping crane flight feather and label the quill, barbs and barbules.
  • Emargination: a distinct narrowing in the anterior vane of a primary flight feather.
British Dictionary definitions for flight feather

flight feather

any of the large stiff feathers that cover the wings and tail of a bird and are adapted for flying
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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