from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The posterior part of a bird's body, from which the tail feathers grow.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In ornithology, the rump; the terminal section of the body, represented by the caudal vertebræ, into which the tail-feathers are inserted; also, the upper surface of this part, or terminal section of the notæum, with limits not defined. See cuts under
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Anat.) The prominence at the posterior extremity of a bird's body, which supports the feathers of the tail; the rump; -- sometimes called
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- noun The
posteriorpart of a bird's body from which the tail feathers grow
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- noun posterior part of a bird's body from which the tail feathers grow
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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A range of short brown stiff feathers, about six inches long, fixed in the _uropygium_, is the real tail, and serves as the fulcrum to prop the train, which is long and top-heavy, when set on end.
The crown of the head, the throat, the ear-coverts, and the eyes have usually distinct tints in all highly coloured birds; the region of the furcula has often a distinct patch of colour, as have the pectoral muscles, the uropygium or root of the tail, and the under tail-coverts. [
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