rectrix
noun (plural rectrices) Etymology: New Latin, from Latin, feminine of rector one that directs Date: 1768 any of the quill feathers of a bird's tail that are important in controlling flight direction — see bird illustration

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  • Rectrix — Rec trix ( tr?ks), n.; pl. {Rectrices} ( tr? s?z). [L., fem. of rector.] 1. A governess; a rectoress. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the quill feathers of the tail of a bird. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rectrix — [rek′triks] n. pl. rectrices [rek′trə sēz΄, rek trī′sēz] [ModL < L, fem. of rector, director: see RECTOR] Zool. any of the large tail feathers of a bird, that are important for controlling the direction of flight …   English World dictionary

  • rectrix — rectricial /rek trish euhl/, adj. /rek triks/, n., pl. rectrices /rek truy seez, rek treuh seez /. Ornith. one of the tail feathers of a bird controlling direction during flight. [1605 15; < L rectrix, fem. of rector RECTOR] * * * …   Universalium

  • rectrix — rec•trix [[t]ˈrɛk trɪks[/t]] n. pl. rec•tri•ces [[t]rɛkˈtraɪ siz, ˈrɛk trəˌsiz[/t]] orn one of the tail feathers of a bird controlling direction during flight • Etymology: 1760–70; < L rēctrīx, fem. of rēctor rector; see trix …   From formal English to slang

  • Rectrix — vairuojamoji plunksna statusas T sritis kūno danga atitikmenys: lot. Rectrix ryšiai: platesnis terminas – skraidomoji plunksna …   Paukščių anatomijos terminai

  • rectrix — noun flight feathers on the tails of birds, used for directional control …   Wiktionary

  • rectrix — rec·trix …   English syllables

  • rectrix — /ˈrɛktrɪks/ (say rektriks) noun (plural rectrices /rɛkˈtraɪsiz/ (say rek truyseez)) a large tail feather of a bird. {Latin: feminine of rector director} …   Australian English dictionary

  • rectrix — n. (pl. rectrices) a bird s strong tail feather directing flight. Etymology: L, fem. of rector ruler: see RECTOR …   Useful english dictionary

  • Rectrices — Rectrix Rec trix ( tr?ks), n.; pl. {Rectrices} ( tr? s?z). [L., fem. of rector.] 1. A governess; a rectoress. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the quill feathers of the tail of a bird. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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