white feather


Definition of white feather

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

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An albino hummingbird on the other hand, has pure white feathers along with pink eyes, bill, and feet. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Exceedingly Rare Albino Hummingbird Spotted in Alabama Backyard," 14 Aug. 2019 According to Humming Bird Central, albino hummingbirds feature white feathers, pink eyes, bills and feet. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Albino hummingbird makes an appearance in Alabama," 12 Aug. 2019 For the serious fashion lover, your wedding day is your chance to wear something totally OTT, like Tomo Koizumi’s ruffled confection or Oscar de la Renta’s high-low gown covered in white feathers. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Wedding-Worthy Looks for Every Type of Bride, Fresh Off the Fall 2019 Runways," 11 Apr. 2019 The image shows a piercing hazel eye against a backdrop of snowy white feathers, the bird’s signature black marking swathed like kohl over its brow. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Audubon Photography Award Winners Show the Breathtaking Beauty of Wild Birds," 16 July 2019 Hunted to extirpation for their beautiful white feathers, the whooping crane has bounced back through breeding programs by organizations such as the International Crane Foundation. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County Zoo's whooping crane pair act as foster parents to chick born at the zoo," 28 June 2019 Pat knew how to make the perfect dirty martini, run a small motel chain and could even walk in heels while wearing a full white feather headdress. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/20," 20 June 2019 Another thing that will hold swallows at the nest site is an abundance of white feathers. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Instead of zapping Alaska’s mosquitoes, build a birdhouse," 6 June 2019 The models also have small white feather eyelashes, a nod to Pat McGrath’s work with Valentino and Dior. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Master Milliner Stephen Jones Created Over-the-Top Toppers for “Camp: Notes on Fashion”," 9 May 2019

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First Known Use of white feather

circa 1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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