Spurious wing
Spurious Spu"ri*ous (sp[=u]"r[i^]*[u^]s), a. [L. spurius.] 1. Not proceeding from the true source, or from the source pretended; not genuine; counterfeit; false; adulterate. [1913 Webster]

2. Not legitimate; bastard; as, spurious issue. ``Her spurious firstborn.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Spurious primary}, or {Spurious quill} (Zo["o]l.), the first, or outer, primary quill when rudimentary or much reduced in size, as in certain singing birds.

{Spurious wing} (Zo["o]l.), the bastard wing, or alula. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Counterfeit; false; adulterate; supposititious; fictitious; bastard. [1913 Webster] -- {Spu"ri*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Spu"ri*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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  • spurious wing — noun tuft of small stiff feathers on the first digit of a bird s wing • Syn: ↑bastard wing, ↑alula • Derivationally related forms: ↑alular (for: ↑alula) • Hypernyms: ↑feather …   Useful english dictionary

  • spurious wing — alula (def. 1). * * * …   Universalium

  • Spurious — Spu ri*ous (sp[=u] r[i^]*[u^]s), a. [L. spurius.] 1. Not proceeding from the true source, or from the source pretended; not genuine; counterfeit; false; adulterate. [1913 Webster] 2. Not legitimate; bastard; as, spurious issue. Her spurious… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spurious primary — Spurious Spu ri*ous (sp[=u] r[i^]*[u^]s), a. [L. spurius.] 1. Not proceeding from the true source, or from the source pretended; not genuine; counterfeit; false; adulterate. [1913 Webster] 2. Not legitimate; bastard; as, spurious issue. Her… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spurious quill — Spurious Spu ri*ous (sp[=u] r[i^]*[u^]s), a. [L. spurius.] 1. Not proceeding from the true source, or from the source pretended; not genuine; counterfeit; false; adulterate. [1913 Webster] 2. Not legitimate; bastard; as, spurious issue. Her… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spurious vein — (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) A fold or thickening of the wing membrane between two true veins …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • spurious vein — noun : a longitudinal thickening resembling a true vein or nervure and situated in the membrane of the wing of a fly between the radius and media compare syrphus fly …   Useful english dictionary

  • bastard wing — noun tuft of small stiff feathers on the first digit of a bird s wing • Syn: ↑alula, ↑spurious wing • Derivationally related forms: ↑alular (for: ↑alula) • Hypernyms: ↑feathe …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bastard wing — Bastard Bas tard, a. 1. Begotten and born out of lawful matrimony; illegitimate. See {Bastard}, n., note. [1913 Webster] 2. Lacking in genuineness; spurious; false; adulterate; applied to things which resemble those which are genuine, but are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spuriously — Spurious Spu ri*ous (sp[=u] r[i^]*[u^]s), a. [L. spurius.] 1. Not proceeding from the true source, or from the source pretended; not genuine; counterfeit; false; adulterate. [1913 Webster] 2. Not legitimate; bastard; as, spurious issue. Her… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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