The definition of a feather is one of the flat slender growths that cover the bodies of birds.(noun)
An example of a feather is what peacocks drop behind them when they molt.
See feather in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME fether < OE; akin to Ger feder < IE base *pet-, to fall, fly > Gr pteron, wing, piptein, L petere, to fall, Sans pátati, (he) flies
See feather in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English fether
Origin: , from Old English; see pet- in Indo-European roots.
typical flight feather (left) and a magnified view of vanes (right)
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