handfed

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

hand +‎ fed

Adjective[edit]

handfed ‎(not comparable)

  1. (of an animal or machine) Fed by hand.
    • 1880 December 1, Blackwood's Magazine[1], volume 128, page 759:
      We are in the great preserves, where hares in herds and troops of handfed pheasants invite the attention of banded poachers, and provoke heartburnings in parishes that ought to be peaceful.
    • 2007, Mattie Sue Athan, Guide to a Well-Behaved Parrot[2], page 2:
      A handfed baby parrot represents days, weeks, years of feeding, cleaning, and care cycles.
    • 2011, Nikki Moustaki, Parrots For Dummies[3]:
      A handfed parrot is one that has been taken from the nest at a young age and fed by hand by a human.

Verb[edit]

handfed

  1. simple past tense and past participle of handfeed