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nounPlural feather feetAustralian
(among Aborigines) a man empowered to carry out vengeance or punishment; a kadaitcha.‘the elders said the feather feet had taken him away’
- ‘Them fellas down there might be feather-foot.’
- ‘The feather-foot man's role is to keep the law and deal with those who have transgressed.’
- ‘The Featherfoot features broadly in Aboriginal traditions as the commissioned revenge-killer.’
- ‘Central Desert aboriginal women have told him of “feather foot” spirits.’
- ‘The book is about a contemporary Aboriginal feather-foot.’
1960s: from the coverings of feathers which such people are said to wear in order to disguise their tracks.
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