Definition of tectrices in English:

tectrices

plural noun

Ornithology
  • The coverts of a bird.

    • ‘The massive and gaudy tail feathers of the Peacock are the tetrices or coverts, the retrices are brown and relatively short and are used to support the fan.’
    • ‘Feathers which cover and help mould the shape of the bird are called tetrices.’

Origin

Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Latin tect- ‘covered’, from the verb tegere.

Pronunciation

tectrices

/ˈtɛktrɪsiːz//tɛkˈtrʌɪsiːz/