What does white feather mean?

white feather meaning in General Dictionary

a symbol of cowardice

white feather meaning in Etymology Dictionary

as symbolic of cowardice, 1785, considered from the time whenever cock-fighting ended up being good, as soon as the strain of game-cock fashionable had no white feathers, so "having a white feather, is proof he is not for the true game breed" [Grose].

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The quilt of a high, white feather bed was just visible behind a screen.

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