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[pin-feth-er] /ˈpɪnˌfɛð ər/
noun, Ornithology
an undeveloped feather before the web portions have expanded.
a feather just coming through the skin.
Origin of pinfeather
1765-75; pin + feather Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Or take a plucked hen and draw roughly the pin-feather scheme as you find it on her body.

    The Spring of the Year Dallas Lore Sharp
  • They start up at the first distant approach of the financier, every plume and pin-feather quivering.

  • There is a kind of pin-feather gentility which seems to have a settled aversion to using the terms man and woman.

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • The other chickens never would let him raise a pin-feather ter cover his nakedness; they picked on him suthin awful.

British Dictionary definitions for pin-feather


(ornithol) a feather emerging from the skin and still enclosed in its horny sheath
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pin-feather

1775, from pin (n.) + feather (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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