Definition of remiges in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɛmɪdʒiːz/

plural noun (singular remex /ˈriːmɛks/)

Flight feathers. Compare with rectrices.
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.


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

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