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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

  1. a supplementary feather (usually small) on the underside of the base of the shaft of some feathers in some birds
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic words: feather / plumage / plume = the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds

Alternative definition of the noun aftershaft


  1. [ornithology] An accessory plume arising from the posterior of the contour feathers of many birds.

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Google previewA 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 ...

Google previewA 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 ...

Google previewThe 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 ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Science (2017)

by Jonathan Law

There is often a small second vane, the aftershaft, near the base of the feather.

Google previewDictionary of Zoo Biology and Animal Management (2013)

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 ...

Google previewA 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 ...

Google previewInternational Wildlife Encyclopedia: Brown bear - cheetah (2002)

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.

Google previewAcademic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology (1992)

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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Aftershaft Meaning

Video shows what aftershaft means. An accessory plume arising from the posterior of the contour feathers of many birds.. aftershaft synonyms: hypoptilum, ...

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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