pinfeather


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pin·feath·er

 (pĭn′fĕth′ər)
n.
A growing feather still enclosed in its horny sheath, especially one just emerging through the skin.
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pinfeather

(ˈpɪnˌfɛðə)
n
(Zoology) ornithol a feather emerging from the skin and still enclosed in its horny sheath
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pin•feath•er

(ˈpɪnˌfɛð ər)

n.
an undeveloped feather, esp. one just coming through the skin.
[1765–75]
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But the question before him, the one that hangs in the air like a stray pinfeather, has momentarily put him on pause.
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Once standing, it's a good idea to detail your bird (clay tools such as loops make excellent pinfeather impressions on the body), clean up messy spots and adjust this and that.
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