contour feather


: one of the medium-sized feathers that form the general covering of a bird and determine the external contour

Examples of contour feather in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The contour feathers interlock and overlap with tiny barbs (actually called barbules), forming a water and windproof protective outer layer on their bodies. Cori Brown,, 20 Oct. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of contour feather was in 1867

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“Contour feather.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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