pteryla

noun
pter·​y·​la | \ ˈter-ə-lə How to pronounce pteryla (audio) \
plural pterylae\ ˈter-​ə-​ˌlē How to pronounce pteryla (audio) , -​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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The first known use of pteryla was in 1867

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“Pteryla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pteryla. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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