body-feather, noun

Origin:
See quotation 1909.
Ostrich-farming
A feather taken from the body, rather than from the wings or tail, of an ostrich. Also elliptical, body. See also feather sense a.
c1881 A. Douglass Ostrich Farming 97The body feathers should be curly, rich in colour, with a shiny gloss on them.
1896 R. Wallace Farming Indust. of Cape Col. 235The short and medium are the body feathers.
1909 J.E. Duerden in Agric. Jrnl of Cape of G.H. XXXIV. 513The feathers covering the body generally are known to farmers as body-feathers and are too small to be used commercially.
1909 J.E. Duerden in Agric. Jrnl of Cape of G.H. XXXIV. 519By the time the birds are a year old nearly all the body-feathers show the drab colour of the juvenal plumage.
1955 G. Aschman in Saron & Hotz Jews in S. Afr. 130They quickly learnt the names of all the the different types of feathers..bodies..drab-cut bodies..female bodies.
1956 P.J. Botha in Farmer’s Weekly 14 Mar.The market for..utilitarian body feathers has shown a handsome improvement in price.
A feather taken from the body, rather than from the wings or tail, of an ostrich. Also elliptical, body.

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