uropygium

noun
uro·​py·​gi·​um | \ ˌyu̇r-ə-ˈpī-jē-əm How to pronounce uropygium (audio) \

Definition of uropygium

: the fleshy and bony prominence at the posterior extremity of a bird's body that supports the tail feathers

First Known Use of uropygium

1771, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for uropygium

New Latin, from Greek ouropygion, from ouro- ur- entry 2 + pygē rump

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“Uropygium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uropygium. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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