Definitions

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

  • n. One of the coverts of a bird's wing. Often used in the plural.

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  • n. The covert of a bird's wing

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any one feather of those composing the tectrices.

Etymologies

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

Latin tēctrīx, feminine of tēctor, plasterer, from tēctus, past participle of tegere, to cover.

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  • I was thinking this is someone who's an expert at Tetris, but I guess that's more like a Tetrix.

    July 23, 2008

  • a covert (small feather) on a bird's wing or tail (pl. tetrices; adj: tectricial).

    July 23, 2008