Live feathers

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Live feathers feathers which have been plucked from the living bird, and are therefore stronger and more elastic.
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Usage

In literature:

Thus it is that the London feather sales still list these among the most splendid of all living birds.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
One thousand lives were lost, and D'Estaing showed the white feather to advantage.
"Comic History of the United States" by Bill Nye
Only the ducks remained, paddling about after water snails, or busy preening their feathers, the live-long day.
"My Reminiscences" by Rabindranath Tagore
It seems I've lived on stolen money all my life and gone flaunting about in stolen feathers.
"VC -- A Chronicle of Castle Barfield and of the Crimea" by David Christie Murray
Three or four times a year were the feathers stripped from the live birds.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
But the birds that have bright feathers live generally in other countries.
"The Wonders of the Jungle" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
He should have a rose comb, a well-feathered tail, and a proud lively carriage.
"The Book of Sports:" by William Martin
Bobby looked, and saw, preening its feathers calmly, a live duck rising to the wavelets.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
It was when Fleetfoot saw a bison frightened by a feather that he thought of making things do the work of live men.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
Eagle Feather would live there with them, but tonight Eagle Feather would stay with his grandmother, Sun Woman.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
So Saint Cuthbert lived on his island surrounded by his feathered friends.
"The Book of Saints and Friendly Beasts" by Abbie Farwell Brown
The thing was carved with exquisite cunning to a likeness of the living head of Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
Nay, as I live, she was for the captain too: his scarf and feather won her heart.
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley
Fancy feathers have no more value than others except on the living birds.
"Our Domestic Birds" by John H. Robinson
How does the girl come by her fine feathers if her mother lives on charity?
"The Deemster" by Hall Caine
From July 25th, 1877, to January 8th of the following year, we lived this feather-bed life.
"Thirty Years in Australia" by Ada Cambridge
But two of the breast feathers of the burning Halulu flew away to his sister, who lived in a great hole which had no bottom.
"Legends of Gods and Ghosts (Hawaiian Mythology)" by W. D. (William Drake) Westervelt
I want bird houses for every kind of feathered songster that can be attracted and persuaded to live at Weston.
"The Carter Girls' Mysterious Neighbors" by Nell Speed
The same blood which stained the feathers of that living bird was sprinkled upon the leper.
"Notes on the Book of Leviticus" by C. H. Mackintosh
Birds who live away up in the cold have feathers down on to the toes.
"The Children's Book of Birds" by Olive Thorne Miller
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In poetry:

"Now take frae me that feather-bed,
Make me a bed of strae!
I wish I hadna lived this day,
To make my heart sae wae.
"Auld Maitland" by Andrew Lang
Live murmurs then the trees will blend
With all the feathered song;
The waving grass low tribute lend
Earth's music to prolong.
"Blessed Are The Meek, For They Shall Inherit The Earth" by George MacDonald
Lived its meek life; then, one day, fell -
A little ball of feather and bone;
And how it perished, when piped farewell,
And where it wastes, are alike unknown.
"Shelley's Skylark." by Thomas Hardy
Tha lives throo all th' sunshine, but th' furst chilly wind
'At ruffles thi feathers a bit,
Yo gather together an all i' one mind
Turn yor tails,--fly away, an forget.
"Cuckoo!" by John Hartley
She knows how every living thing was fathered,
She calculates the climate of each star,
She counts the fish at sea, but cannot care
Why any one of them exists, fish, fire or feathered.
"Dr. Sigmund Freud Discovers The Sea Shell" by Archibald MacLeish
So feathered friend, until the end you may divide my den,
And make a mess, which (more or less) I clean up now and then.
But I prefer the doom to share of dead and gone compeers,
Than parrot be, and live to see ten times a hundred years.
"Longevity" by Robert W Service

In news:

According to the Associated Press story, Willy lives in Rhode Island and has ruffled the feathers of some of his owner's neighbors.
The King of Saxony bird-of-paradise, one of Scholes' favorite birds, lives in the mountain cloud forests of New Guinea, where adult males are sometimes hunted for their feathers.
Regardless of the name they are fresh water crustaceans that breathe through feather-like gills and live in bodies of water that don't freeze.
On the other hand, Terry Sullivan, who lives near the water's edge in Sag Harbor, has no shortage of feathered friends.
) He stressed that he did not pay for the feathers and had never heard of anyone buying or selling feathers in his life — not in his hometown of Wrangell, not in Kake, where he grew up, not in Juneau where he now lives.
The feathers on Y. Rex, which lived during the latter, warmer part of the Cretaceous, might have had its own coat of many feathers .
If he could talk, Poncho, the green-feathered 20-year-old seafarer's friend who lives at the Montero Bar and Grill, could tell some stories to shiver the timbers.
With a tiny living room, we decided to put our tree up outside for our feathered friends to enjoy.
Horse Feathers' live show feels like an intensified acoustic set.
Kids are like parrots only they don't eat seeds or have feathers or live in a cage…Actually kids are nothing like a parrot, except the part about repeating stuff.
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