Definition of rectrix in English:


Syllabification: rec·trix
Pronunciation: /ˈrekˌtriks

noun (plural rectrices /-ˌtrəsēz/)

  • Any of the larger feathers in a bird’s tail, used for steering in flight. Compare with remex.
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    • I plucked the outer right rectrix (tail feather), thereby inducing the growth of a replacement.
    • We also removed the central rectrix from the right side of the tail of each adult to determine feather growth rate.
    • Most birds showed signs of moderate to heavy wear of the secondary coverts and rectrices.


mid 18th century: from Latin, feminine singular of rector 'ruler, governor' (see rector).

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