Definition of pteryla in English:

pteryla

noun

Ornithology
  • Any of several distinct tracts on a bird's skin in which feathers grow.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William Sweetland Dallas (1824–1890). From post-classical Latin pteryla from ancient Greek πτερόν feather + ὕλη forest, taken in sense ‘tract of woodland’.

Pronunciation

pteryla

/ˈtɛrɪlə/