Dictionary.com

pteryla

[ ter-uh-luh ]
/ ˈtɛr ə lə /
Save This Word!

noun, plural pter·y·lae [ter-uh-lee, -lahy]. /ˈtɛr əˌli, -ˌlaɪ/. Ornithology.
one of the feathered areas on the skin of a bird.
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help
Also called feather tract.
Compare apterium.

Origin of pteryla

1865–70; <New Latin <Greek pter(ón) feather + hȳ́lē woods
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for pteryla

pteryla
/ (ˈtɛrɪlə) /

noun plural -lae (-ˌliː)
ornithol any of the tracts of skin that bear contour feathers, arranged in lines along the body of a bird

Word Origin for pteryla

C19: from New Latin, from Greek pteron feather + hulē wood, forest
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK