rectrix

[ rek-triks ]
/ ˈrɛk trɪks /
|

noun, plural rec·tri·ces [rek-trahy-seez, rek-truh-seez] /rɛkˈtraɪ siz, ˈrɛk trəˌsiz/. Ornithology.

one of the tail feathers of a bird controlling direction during flight.

Nearby words

  1. rectovesical muscle,
  2. rectovesical pouch,
  3. rectovesical septum,
  4. rectrices,
  5. rectricial,
  6. rectum,
  7. rectus,
  8. recumbent,
  9. recumbent bicycle,
  10. recuperate

Origin of rectrix

1605–15; < Latin rēctrīx, feminine of rēctor rector

Related formsrec·tri·cial [rek-trish-uh l] /rɛkˈtrɪʃ əl/, adjective

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rectrices


British Dictionary definitions for rectrices

rectrix

/ (ˈrɛktrɪks) /

noun plural rectrices (ˈrɛktrɪˌsiːz, rɛkˈtraɪsiːz)

any of the large stiff feathers of a bird's tail, used in controlling the direction of flight
Derived Formsrectricial (rɛkˈtrɪʃəl), adjective

Word Origin for rectrix

C17: from Late Latin, feminine of rector governor, rector

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