[ pen-uh ]
/ ˈpɛn ə /

noun, plural pen·nae [pen-ee] /ˈpɛn i/. Ornithology.

a contour feather, as distinguished from a down feather, plume, etc.


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Origin of penna

< Latin: feather. See pen1

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/ (ˈpɛnə) /

noun plural -nae (-niː)

ornithol any large feather that has a vane and forms part of the main plumage of a bird

Derived forms of penna

pennaceous (pɛˈneɪʃəs), adjective

Word Origin for penna

Latin: feather

British Dictionary definitions for penna (2 of 2)



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