One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(Usually in plural) feathers from partridges, valued medicinally, for personal adornment, etc., or for fly fishing.
2Ceramics a type of glaze, originally used in China, resembling the pattern of a partridge's feather; usually attributive.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Blague (c1545–1611), dean of Rochester.
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