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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One of the feathers in the axilla of a bird's wing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Same as axillary.
  • noun In ornithology, one of the under wing-coverts of a bird, growing from the axilla or armpit, and distinguished from the under coverts in general by being the innermost feathers lining the wing, lying close to the body, and almost always longer, stiffer, and narrower than the rest. Commonly used in the plural.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Axillary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to the axilla or armpit; as, axillary lymph node, artery, or nerve.
  • adjective botany, rare Alternative form of axillary.
  • noun Feathers connecting the under surface of the wing and the body, and concealed by the closed wing.

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