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flight feather

[′flīt ‚feth·ər]
(vertebrate zoology)
Any of the long contour feathers on the wing of a bird. Also known as remex.
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The bulb diameter of primary feather follicles kept increasing during embryonic stage.
In this study, we evaluated the use of the diode laser and the cryoprobe to ablate primary feather follicles and to prevent feather regrowth.
I recovered sufficiently by early evening to at least be able to snip the primary feathers off the birds and put them into poultry crates for Gerry to transfer to the pen.
During the past century, their long wing feathers, or primary feathers, gained about 2.23 millimeters on average.
Secondaries Smaller, lighter feathers than primary feathers.
A new sound joined the sympathetic v-o-o-r-r-m--the bristle-like rustle of primary feathers against the dried grass.
Learning that the owl family is the most silent and stealthy fliers of all birds, the Shinkansen design team discovered the bird's secret in its wing plumage design--many small saw-toothed feathers protrude from the outer rim of their primary feathers.
To delay turbulence and maintain stability while slowing down, the bird separates some of its primary feathers, forming wing slots.
Other hunting trophies that I take fishing include no-hackle drys with wings clipped from mallard or goose primary feathers. Duck wings are used in several old fashioned wet flies, such as Royal Coachman, Black Gnat, and Ginger Quill.
Then there is the booming sound produced by air rushing through a male nighthawk's primary feathers as he dive-bombs a roosting female, a rival for her affections or a human intruder.