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chick, noun

Origin:
Shortened form of chicken feather.
Ostrich-farming
A body feather taken from an immature ostrich; chicken feather. Also attributive. See also feather sense a, juvenal, spadona.
1896 R. Wallace Farming Indust. of Cape Col. 233All kinds of ostrich feathers, including ‘Dark Chicks,’ worth 2s. per lb., and ‘Prime Whites,’ worth many pounds sterling per lb., are included.
1973 D.J. Maree in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. VIII. 398The first feathers are taken..at the age of six to eight months — the wings are known in the trade as ‘spadonas’ and the body feathers as ‘chicks’.
A body feather taken from an immature ostrich; chicken feather. Also attributive.

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