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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The feathers or area under the tail of a bird surrounding the cloacal opening.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The area of feathers on a bird that surround its cloaca.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That part of a bird, or the feathers, surrounding the cloacal opening; the under tail coverts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ornithology, the region between the anus and the tail of a bird; especially, the feathers of this region, the vent-feathers or under tail-coverts, collectively. See cut under bird.

Etymologies

New Latin, from Latin crīsāre, crissāre, to move the buttocks during intercourse.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • The feathers or area under the tail of a bird surrounding the cloacal opening.

    from Latin crīs�?re, criss�?re, to move the buttocks during intercourse.

    October 31, 2007