Definition of tectrices in English:

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tectrices

Pronunciation: /ˈtɛktrɪsiːz/
/tɛkˈtrʌɪsiːz/

plural noun (singular tectrix /tɛkˈtrɪks/)

Ornithology
The coverts of a bird.
Example sentences
  • Feathers which cover and help mould the shape of the bird are called tetrices.
  • The massive and gaudy tail feathers of the Peacock are the tetrices or coverts, the retrices are brown and relatively short and are used to support the fan.

Origin

Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Latin tect- 'covered', from the verb tegere.

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