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apterium

[ap-teer-ee-uh m] /æpˈtɪər i əm/
noun, plural apteria
[ap-teer-ee-uh] /æpˈtɪər i ə/ (Show IPA).
Ornithology
1.
one of the featherless portions of the skin of a bird.
Compare pteryla.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; < Neo-Latin; see a-6, pter-, -ium
Related forms
apterial, adjective
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