Definition of pin feather in English:

pin feather


  • An immature feather, before the veins have expanded and while the shaft is full of fluid.

    • ‘They grew in much the same way Crixa's did, but small, white and red-brown pin feathers began to layer themselves over the bone and muscle.’
    • ‘Changes in the physical structure of the pin feather during growth may be the most likely explanation for the increased resistance to heat loss in both groups of birds.’
    • ‘On that particular afternoon I recall a lot of references to ‘pin feathers’ interspersed with colorful expletives.’
    • ‘He could feel the pin feathers, and the grossness of its shape.’
    • ‘Cockatiels are born nearly naked and pin feathers start to appear at about seven days.’
    plume, quill
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