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From Middle English fethirles, fedyrles, equivalent to feather +‎ -less. Cognate with Dutch veerloos, German federlos, Swedish fjäderlös.


featherless (not comparable)

  1. Having no feathers.
    • 1911, D. H. Lawrence, The White Peacock, London: Heinemann, Chapter, p. 128,
      He eyed me with contempt: great featherless, half winged bird as I was, incomprehensible, contemptible, but awful.
    • 1929, Robert E. Howard, "Rattle of Bones" in Weird Tales, June 1929, [1]
      [] clad in a featherless hat and somber black garments, which set off the dark pallor of his forbidding face.


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