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rectrix

[rek-triks] /ˈrɛk trɪks/
noun, plural rectrices
[rek-trahy-seez, rek-truh-seez] /rɛkˈtraɪ siz, ˈrɛk trəˌsiz/ (Show IPA).
Ornithology
1.
one of the tail feathers of a bird controlling direction during flight.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin rēctrīx, feminine of rēctor rector
Related forms
rectricial
[rek-trish-uh l] /rɛkˈtrɪʃ əl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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rectrix

/ˈrɛktrɪks/
noun (pl) rectrices (ˈrɛktrɪˌsiːz; rɛkˈtraɪsiːz)
1.
any of the large stiff feathers of a bird's tail, used in controlling the direction of flight
Derived Forms
rectricial (rɛkˈtrɪʃəl) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin, feminine of rector governor, rector
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