Definition of defeathering in English:

defeathering

noun

  • 1The action of stripping a person of his or her wealth or assets, especially by dishonest or unscrupulous means. Compare "fleece". rare.

  • 2Literal. The action or process of removing feathers, especially from the carcass of a poultry bird in preparation for cooking, typically by mechanical means. Also: an instance of this. Frequently attributive, as "defeathering machine", "defeathering tank", etc.

  • 3The shedding of feathers by a bird; specifically loss of feathers on the brood patch on the belly during the breeding season.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Graphic: an illustrated weekly newspaper. From defeather + -ing.

Pronunciation

defeathering

/ˌdiːˈfɛð(ə)rɪŋ/