One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of a bird: having a good covering of feathers. Also of a nest: having a good lining of feathers; frequently figurative.
2Of an arrow: properly or skilfully fitted with feathers.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in 2nd Baron Berners (c1467–1533), soldier, diplomat, and translator. From well + feathered.
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