Definition of Rectrix

1. n. A governess; a rectoress.

Definition of Rectrix

1. Noun. A governess; a rectoress. ¹

2. Noun. A flight feather on the tails of birds, used for directional control. ¹

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Definition of Rectrix

1. a feather of a bird's tail [n -TRICES]

Medical Definition of Rectrix

1. Origin: L, fem. Of rector. 1. A governess; a rectoress. 2. One of the quill feathers of the tail of a bird. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rectrix

rectovaginouterine pouch
rectovesical fascia
rectovesical fistula
rectovesical fold
rectovesical pouch
rectovesical septum
rectrix (current term)
rectus abdominis
rectus capitis anterior
rectus capitis lateralis
rectus capitis posterior major
rectus capitis posterior minor
rectus femoris
rectus inferior
rectus lateralis
rectus medialis

Literary usage of Rectrix

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1. The Birds of North and Middle America: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Higher by Robert Ridgway (1919)
"Outer web of outermost rectrix dark gray; under parte of body not pure white (more or less grayish); bill mostly red at all seasons; wing usually more than ..."

2. Bulletin by United States National Museum (1902)
"Third rectrix with greater part of its outer web and a large portion of the ... Third rectrix with outer web entirely black, the inner web with little if ..."

3. Key to North American Birds: Containing a Concise Account of Every Species by Elliott Coues (1872)
"A rectrix broad to the very tip, and there cut squarely off, is truncate; ... A linear rectrix is very narrow, with parallel sides; a lanceolate one is ..."

4. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington by Biological Society of Washington (1901)
"... tail dusky, outer web of outer rectrix ferruginous; throat white, streaked with olive; breast olive—each feather darkest at center, lighter at edges and ..."

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