pter·​y·​la ˈter-ə-lə How to pronounce pteryla (audio)
plural pterylae ˈter-ə-ˌlē How to pronounce pteryla (audio)
: one of the definite areas of the skin of a bird on which feathers grow

Word History


New Latin, from Greek pteron + hylē wood, forest

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pteryla was in 1867

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“Pteryla.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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