Sickle-feather

sickle feather

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

Origin:
1680–90

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sickle feather
 
n
(often plural) any of the elongated tail feathers of certain birds, esp the domestic cock
 
[C17: so called because of its shape]

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