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pteryla

[ter-uh-luh] /ˈtɛr ə lə/
noun, plural pterylae
[ter-uh-lee, -lahy] /ˈtɛr əˌli, -ˌlaɪ/ (Show IPA).
Ornithology
1.
one of the feathered areas on the skin of a bird.
Also called feather tract.
Compare apterium.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; < New Latin < Greek pter(ón) feather + hȳ́lē woods
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pteryla

/ˈtɛrɪlə/
noun (pl) -lae (-ˌliː)
1.
(ornithol) any of the tracts of skin that bear contour feathers, arranged in lines along the body of a bird
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek pteron feather + hulē wood, forest
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