flight feather
noun Date: 1735 one of the quills of a bird's wing or tail that support it in flight — compare contour feather

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Flight feather — Flight feathers are the long, stiff, asymmetrically shaped, but symmetrically paired feathers on the wings or tail of a bird; those on the wings are called remiges (singular remex) while those on the tail are called rectrices (singular rectrix).… …   Wikipedia

  • flight feather — n. any of the large feathers of the wings or tail that support a bird in flight …   English World dictionary

  • flight-feather — flightˈ feather noun A quill of a bird s wing • • • Main Entry: ↑flight …   Useful english dictionary

  • flight feather — flight′ feath er n. orn one of the large stiff feathers of the wing and tail of a bird that are essential to flight • Etymology: 1725–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • flight feather — noun any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird • Syn: ↑pinion, ↑quill, ↑quill feather • Derivationally related forms: ↑pinion (for: ↑pinion) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • flight feather — noun Any asymmetrical feather of the wing or tail of a bird. See Also: feather …   Wiktionary

  • flight feather — Ornith. one of the large, stiff feathers of the wing and tail of a bird that are essential to flight. [1725 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • flight feather — noun any of the large primary or secondary feathers in a bird s wing, supporting it in flight …   English new terms dictionary

  • flight feather — /ˈflaɪt fɛðə/ (say fluyt fedhuh) noun one of the large, stiff feathers which form most of the extent of a bird s wing, and which are essential to flight …   Australian English dictionary

  • Feather — For other uses, see Feather (disambiguation). Feather variations Feathers are one of the epidermal growths that form the distinctive outer covering, or plumage, on birds and some theropod dinosaurs. They are considered the most complex… …   Wikipedia

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