Frill

Frill

, n. [See Frill, v. i.]. (Zol.) (a) A ruffing of a bird's feathers from cold. (b) A ruffle, consisting of a fold of membrane, of hairs, or of feathers, around the neck of an animal. See Frilled lizard (below). (c) A similar ruffle around the legs or other appendages of animals. (d) A ruffled varex or fold on certain shells.
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2. A border or edging secured at one edge and left free at the other, usually fluted or crimped like a very narrow flounce.
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3. Hence: Something superfluous, such as an ornament, or an additional function on a device or in a system not essential to the basic operation. -- Commonly used in the phrase no frills, used adjectively to indicate a fully functional but economical device or service; as, an economical no-frills airline.
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