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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Axillary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as axillary.
  • n. 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.


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