uropygium

[ yoo r-uh-pij-ee-uh m ]
/ ˌyʊər əˈpɪdʒ i əm /
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noun Ornithology.

the projecting terminal portion of a bird's body, from which the tail feathers spring.

Nearby words

  1. uropoiesis,
  2. uroporphyrin,
  3. uroporphyrinogen,
  4. uropygial,
  5. uropygial gland,
  6. uroradiology,
  7. uroscheocele,
  8. uroschesis,
  9. uroscopic,
  10. uroscopy

Origin of uropygium

1805–15; < New Latin < Greek ouropȳ́gion, variant (with ouro- uro-2) of orropȳ́gion, equivalent to orro-, combining form of órros sacral bone + pȳg(ḗ) rump, buttocks + -ion diminutive suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for uropygium

uropygium

/ (ˌjʊərəˈpɪdʒɪəm) /

noun

the hindmost part of a bird's body, from which the tail feathers grow
Derived Formsuropygial, adjective

Word Origin for uropygium

C19: via New Latin from Greek ouropugion, from uro- ² + pugē rump

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