pygostyle

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From pygo- + Ancient Greek στυλος (stulos, column).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpaɪɡəstaɪl/

Noun[edit]

pygostyle (plural pygostyles)

  1. The plate supporting the tail-feathers in birds, formed from fused vertebrae.
    • 1971: Aderyn the Bird Queen sat down; her pygostyle engaged a hard wooden bottom. — Anthony Burgess, M/F (Penguin 2004, p. 158)

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