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for Contour feathers
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Contour \Con*tour"\, n. [F. contour, fr. contourner to mark the
outlines; con- + tourner to turn. See Turn.]
1. The outline of a figure or body, or the line or lines
representing such an outline; the line that bounds;
Titian's coloring and contours. --A. Drummond.
2. (Mil.) The outline of a horizontal section of the ground,
or of works of fortification.
Contour feathers (Zool.), those feathers that form the
general covering of a bird.
Contour of ground (Surv.), the outline of the surface of
ground with respect to its undulation, etc.
Contour line (Topographical Suv.), the line in which a
horizontal plane intersects a portion of ground, or the
corresponding line in a map or chart.
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