pygostyle

[pahy-guh-stahyl]
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noun Ornithology.

the bone at the posterior end of the spinal column in birds, formed by the fusion of several caudal vertebrae.

Origin of pygostyle

1870–75; < Greek pȳgo- (combining form representing pȳgḗ rump) + stŷlos pillar
Related formspy·go·styled, adjectivepy·go·sty·lous, adjective
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