flight feather


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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According to Persons, flight feathers found on bird wings contain a hollow center called the rachis, from which the barbs protrude. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "The Sexiest Dinosaurs Learned How to Fly First," 5 Aug. 2019 Experts hope that the new baby will be the first of her offspring to successfully fledge, or grow enough to acquire flight feathers and foray out of the nest. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The California Condor Nearly Went Extinct. Now, the 1000th Chick of a Recovery Program Has Hatched.," 22 July 2019 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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First Known Use of flight feather

1735, in the meaning defined above

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17 Aug 2019

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