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befeathered

  1. simple past tense and past participle of befeather

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befeathered (not comparable)

  1. Feathered; covered or augmented with feathers.
    • 1860, George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, Book I, Chapter 7,[1]
      He bore about the same relation to his tall, good-looking wife, with her balloon sleeves, abundant mantle, and a large befeathered and beribboned bonnet, as a small fishing-smack bears to a brig with all its sails spread.
    • 1920, Gilbert Frankau, Peter Jameson: A Modern Romance, New York: Knopf, Part Three, § 1,[2]
      It was the zenith of London’s last, maddest “season”; but her pleasure crowd—the dancers in her night-clubs; the befeathered scantily-draped women of her Opera House; the placemen, the panderers and the nincompoops who made pretence of governing her—had departed; were “week-ending” in pseudo-rusticity, twenty, thirty, a hundred miles away.
    • 1973, Jan Morris, Heaven’s Command: An Imperial Progress, New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980, Part Two, Chapter 16, p. 321,[3]
      [] here is a conversation between this towering Christian and his absolute antithesis in the imperial hierarchy, a befeathered pagan rain-doctor of the Bakwain tribe in central Africa—the very class of man, one might suppose, for whose enlightenment Victoria’s Empire existed.