Tertiary Ter"ti*a*ry, n.; pl. {Tertiaries}. 1. (R. C. Ch.) A member of the Third Order in any monastic system; as, the Franciscan tertiaries; the Dominican tertiaries; the Carmelite tertiaries. See {Third Order}, under {Third}. --Addis & Arnold. [1913 Webster]

2. (Geol.) The Tertiary era, period, or formation. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) One of the quill feathers which are borne upon the basal joint of the wing of a bird. See Illust. of {Bird}. [1913 Webster]

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