pteryla

noun
pter·​y·​la | \ ˈter-ə-lə How to pronounce pteryla (audio) \
plural pterylae\ ˈter-​ə-​ˌlē How to pronounce pterylae (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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“Pteryla.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pterylae?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=p&file=pteryl02. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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