noun Chae·tu·ra \kēˈtu̇rə, kē‧ˈtyu̇-\

Definition of Chaetura

  1. :  a genus of swifts having stiff spinelike projecting shafts to the tail feathers and including the chimney swift

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Origin and Etymology of chaetura

New Latin, from chaet- + -ura

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