feathery

adjective

feath·​ery ˈfet͟h-rē How to pronounce feathery (audio)
ˈfe-t͟hər-ē
: resembling, suggesting, or covered with feathers
especially : extremely light

Examples of feathery in a Sentence

a plant with feathery leaves the apple pie had a wonderfully feathery crust
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Word History

First Known Use

1580, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of feathery was in 1580

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“Feathery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feathery. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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