Rectrix definition

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One of the stiff main feathers of a bird's tail, used to stabilize the bird while in flight and to control its direction.
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(ornithology) Any of the large tail feathers of a bird, that are important for controlling the direction of flight.
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One of the stiff main feathers of a bird's tail, used to stabilize the bird while in flight and to control its direction.
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A flight feather on the tails of birds, used for directional control.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
rectrix
Plural:
rectrices

Origin of rectrix

  • Latin rēctrīx feminine of rēctor director rector

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin feminine form of rector, one who directs.

    From Wiktionary