contour feather


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contour feather

n.
Any of the outermost feathers of a bird, forming the visible body contour and plumage.

contour feather

n
(Zoology) any of the feathers that cover the body of an adult bird, apart from the wings and tail, and determine its shape

con′tour feath`er


n.
one of the feathers that form the surface plumage of a bird including those of the wings and tail.
[1865–70]
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Noun1.contour feather - feathers covering the body of an adult bird and determining its shapecontour feather - feathers covering the body of an adult bird and determining its shape
feather, plumage, plume - the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
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