of a feather

Definition of of a feather

  1. :  of the same kind or nature :  very much alike —usually used in the phrase birds of a feather Those two guys are birds of a feather. The expression birds of a feather flock together means that people who are alike tend to do things together.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  any of the light, horny, epidermal outgrowths that form the external covering of the body of birds Feathers include the smaller down feathers and the larger contour and flight feathers. Larger feathers consist of a shaft (rachis ) bearing branches (barbs ) which bear smaller branches (barbules ). These smaller branches bear tiny hook-bearing processes (barbicels ) which interlock with the barbules of an adjacent barb to link the barbs into a continuous stiff vane . Down feathers lack barbules, resulting in fluffy feathers which provide insulation below the contour feathers.

    :  plume

    :  the vane of an arrow

  1. :  to furnish (as an arrow) with a feather

    :  to cover, clothe, or adorn with or as if with feathers

    :  to turn (an oar blade) almost horizontal when lifting from the water at the end of a stroke to reduce air resistance

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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