white feather

noun
|Updated on: 19 Jul 2018

Definition of white feather

: a mark or symbol of cowardice used chiefly in the phrase show the white feather

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Origin and Etymology of white feather

from the superstition that a white feather in the plumage of a gamecock is a mark of a poor fighter


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