contour feather


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contour feather

n.
Any of the outermost feathers of a bird, forming the visible body contour and plumage.
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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
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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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The team was able to study a new type of contour feather that no-other creature has been documented to possess.
We extracted and amplified DNA from contour feather calami according to the techniques of Jensen et al.
In goose, all primary (generating contour feather) and few secondary feather follicles (generating down feather) formed completely during embryonic stage, but the former was formed 5-6 d earlier than the later.
`I can see his tongue, a pointed, triangular affair, working the plumes into the svelte vanes that form each contour feather ...
Birds have two types of advanced feathers used in flight and for body smoothing, the contour feathers with a hollow quill and barbs down both sides.