Definition of contour feather in English:

contour feather

Syllabification: con·tour feath·er

noun

  • Any of the mainly small feathers that form the outline of an adult bird’s plumage.
    More example sentences
    • A set of avian feathers have even been found, including a superb fragment of a contour feather.
    • They often share a follicle with a contour feather.
    • The insulation theory is based on the conclusion that primitive feathers were a type of contour feather.

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