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n. One of the peculiar dermal appendages, of several kinds, belonging to birds, as contour feathers, quills, and down. An ordinary feather consists of the quill or hollow basal part of the stem; the shaft or rachis, forming the upper, solid part of the stem; the vanes or webs, implanted on the rachis and consisting of a series of slender laminæ or barbs, which usually bear barbules, which in turn usually bear barbicels and interlocking hooks by which they are fastened together. See Down, Quill, Plumage. Kind; nature; species; - from the proverbial phrase, 'Birds of a feather,' that is, of the same species. The fringe of long hair on the legs of the setter and some other dogs. A tuft of peculiar, long, frizzly hair on a horse. One of the fins or wings on the shaft of an arrow.


 - (Mach. & Carp.) A longitudinal strip projecting as a fin from an object, to strengthen it, or to enter a channel in another object and thereby prevent displacement sidewise but permit motion lengthwise; a spline. A thin wedge driven between the two semi-cylindrical parts of a divided plug in a hole bored in a ...

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