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Fun fact! "Aftershaft" is the only word in English that begins and ends with the letters "aft".
Definition of the noun aftershaft
What does aftershaft mean as a name of something?
noun - plural: aftershafts
- a supplementary feather (usually small) on the underside of the base of the shaft of some feathers in some birds
Alternative definition of the noun aftershaft
- [ornithology] An accessory plume arising from the posterior of the contour feathers of many birds.
- synonym: hypoptilum
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A Dictionary of Zoology (2014)
by Michael Allaby
afterfeather See AFTERSHAFT. aftershaft (afterfeather, hypoptile) A * feather that arises as a branch from the base of a contour feather. In many birds aftershafts provide important thermal insulation. agamete In *Mesozoa, a reproductive body which divides to form a daughter within the body of the parent. agamic ...
A Dictionary of Birds (2013)
by Bruce Campbell, Elizabeth Lack
AF TERFEATHER: (also called aftershaft). This is a structure resem' bling a feather in miniature attached to the underside of a feather at the superior umbilicus. Six types may be recognized of Which the most developed is that found in Casuariiformes, where the afterfeather closely resembles the main feather, so that each feather appears double. In its simplest type the afterfeather lacks an aftershaft (hyporachis) and merely consists of a row of barbs (an aftertuft ) attaching to the rim of ...
The Birdwatcher's Dictionary (2010)
by Peter Weaver
Aftershaft A small feather which is an offshoot of a larger one. Agonistic display See ANTAGoNISTIC DISPLAY. Aigrette A loose, elongated ornamental PLUME, seen, for example, on the BACK of the Grey Heron Ardea cinerea. Air sac A cavity in a bird's body connected to the lungs, and so part of the RESPIRATORY SYSTEM. Birds have at least five air sacs, which increase breathing efficiency and reduce weight, each of these functions being an aid to flying. Altitudinal migration 13 Air ...
A Dictionary of Science (2017)
by Jonathan Law
There is often a small second vane, the aftershaft, near the base of the feather.
by Paul A. Rees
Afrotropical region See FAUNAL REGIONS aftershaft A secondfeathergrowingfromthemainshaft at thebaseofthevane. Important in insulationinsometaxa,e.g.grouseandquail. agar plate A Petri dish ...
A Dictionary of Biology (2015)
by Elizabeth Martin, Robert Hine
There is often a small second vane, the aftershaft, near the base of the feather. contraception See birth ...
by Maurice Burton, Robert Burton
Owing to the length of the aftershaft, the small tuft at the base of the vane, the feathers appear to be double.
by Christopher G. Morris, Academic Press
aftershaft Vertebrate. Zoology, in certain birds, an accessory feather growing out from the base of the shaft of a feather. aftershock Geology, ...
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Scrabble value of A1F4T1E1R1S1H4A1F4T1
The value of this 10-letter word is 19 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
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