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white feather

noun

Definition of white feather

  1. :  a mark or symbol of cowardice —used chiefly in the phrase show the white feather



Origin and Etymology of white feather

from the superstition that a white feather in the plumage of a gamecock is a mark of a poor fighter


First Known Use: circa 1785

Rhymes with white feather

aweather, bellwether, buff leather, fair-weather, glove leather, kid leather, pinfeather, shoe-leather, together, untether


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