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Feather

Feather, covering of a bird's body, made up of a central shaft, with the hollow quill at the tip, and the vane on each side, consisting of rows of fine threads called barbs, which are held together by hooked barbules to form a web. Feathers keep birds warm and enable them to fly.

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