flight feather

noun

Definition of flight feather 

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

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Ostrom studied a fossil creature from the end of the Jurassic period called Archaeopteryx, a raven-sized dinosaur that had wings and flight feathers. National Geographic, "Finally, You Can See Dinosaurs in All Their Feathered Glory," 5 Apr. 2016

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1735, in the meaning defined above

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