Definition of remiges in English:

remiges

Line breaks: remi|ges
Pronunciation: /ˈrɛmɪdʒiːz
 
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noun (singular remex /ˈriːmɛks/)

Ornithology
  • Flight feathers. Compare with rectrices.
    More example sentences
    • The excellent fossil remains of feathers from the several specimens of Archaeopteryx are remiges and rectrices.
    • Wing area was reduced by taping primary remiges five to seven (counted ascendingly).
    • I cut each of the primary remiges 3 cm shorter, measuring from the tip and perpendicular to the long axis.

Origin

mid 18th century: from Latin, literally 'rowers', based on remus 'oar'.

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