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feathers

[ feth-er ]SEE DEFINITION OF feathers

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FEATHERS

Ben Haley meanwhile was rapidly stripping the chicken of its feathers.

These feathers were the steel-headed arrows that had so tormented them.

(feather-equipment), the feathers of the shaft of the arrow: dat.

Did Donald hesitate whether his bed was to be on feathers or branches?

Little by little, he gathered a store of feathers great and small.

"Not feathers, as we understand feathers," answered Hagg in an awful voice.

They are three years old before the eyes begin to show in the feathers.

Then I know another story of how the eyes came into the peacock's feathers.

The Humming-Bird is not larger even with its feathers than a large beetle.

The natives set a great value upon the feathers of the Swan.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English feðer "feather," in plural, "wings," from Proto-Germanic *fethro (cf. Old Saxon fethara, Old Norse fioþr, Swedish fjäder, Middle Dutch vedere, Dutch veder, Old High German fedara, German Feder), from PIE *pet-ra-, from root *pet- "to rush, to fly" (see petition (n.)). Feather-headed "silly" is from 1640s. Feather duster attested by 1858. Figurative use of feather in (one's) cap attested by 1734.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR FEATHERS

gear

nounclothing
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  • attire
  • clothes
  • costume
  • drapes
  • dress
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  • garb
  • garments
  • habit
  • outfit
  • rags
  • threads
  • toggery
  • togs
  • wear
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