contour feather


Definition of contour feather

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

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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,, "Cori Brown: It’s time to dabble with ducks," 20 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of contour feather

1867, in the meaning defined above

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“Contour feather.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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