pteryla

noun
pter·y·la | \ ˈter-ə-lə \
plural pterylae\ˈter-ə-ˌlē, -ˌlī \

Definition of pteryla 

: one of the definite areas of the skin of a bird on which feathers grow

First Known Use of pteryla

1867, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pteryla

New Latin, from Greek pteron + hylē wood, forest

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