American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The feathers or area under the tail of a bird surrounding the cloacal opening.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) That part of a bird, or the feathers, surrounding the cloacal opening; the under tail coverts.
- 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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