Aftershaft
Aftershaft Aft"er*shaft`, n. (Zo["o]l.) The {hypoptilum}. [1913 Webster]

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  • aftershaft — Hypoptilum Hy*pop ti*lum, n.; pl. L. {Hypoptila}, E. {Hypoptilums}. [NL., fr. Gr. ypo beneath + ? down.] (Zo[ o]l.) An accessory plume arising from the posterior side of the stem of the contour feathers of many birds; called also {aftershaft}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aftershaft — aftershafted, adj. /af teuhr shaft , ahf teuhr shahft /, n. Ornith. 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. [1865 70; AFTER …   Universalium

  • aftershaft — noun An accessory plume arising from the posterior of the contour feathers of many birds. Syn: hypoptilum, hypotile …   Wiktionary

  • aftershaft — /ˈaftəʃaft/ (say ahftuhshahft) noun 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 …   Australian English dictionary

  • aftershaft — noun a supplementary feather (usually small) on the underside of the base of the shaft of some feathers in some birds • Hypernyms: ↑feather, ↑plume, ↑plumage * * * aftershafted, adj. /af teuhr shaft , ahf teuhr shahft /, n. Ornith. 1. a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bird — birdless, adj. /berrd/, n. 1. any warm blooded vertebrate of the class Aves, having a body covered with feathers, forelimbs modified into wings, scaly legs, a beak, and no teeth, and bearing young in a hard shelled egg. 2. a fowl or game bird. 3 …   Universalium

  • Bird — /berrd/, n. Larry, born 1956, U.S. basketball player. * * * I Any of the warm blooded, beaked vertebrates of the class Aves, including more than 9,600 living species. A covering of feathers distinguishes birds from all other animals. Birds have a …   Universalium

  • gruiform — /grooh euh fawrm /, adj. Ornith. of or pertaining to birds of the order Gruiformes, including cranes, rails, and coots. [1895 1900; < NL gruiformis, sing. of Gruiformes, equiv. to Gru , s. of Grus a genus of the order (L grus CRANE) + iformes… …   Universalium

  • aftershafted — adjective having an aftershaft (a small feather at the base of some feathers) • Similar to: ↑feathered * * * adjective see aftershaft …   Useful english dictionary

  • aftershafted — adj. 1. having an aftershaft (a small feather at the base of some feathers) [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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