pygostyle

[ pahy-guh-stahyl ]
/ ˈpaɪ gəˌstaɪl /

noun Ornithology.

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

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Origin of pygostyle

1870–75; <Greek pȳgo- (combining form representing pȳgḗ rump) + stŷlos pillar

OTHER WORDS FROM pygostyle

py·go·styled, adjectivepy·go·sty·lous, adjective
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