• One of the stiff main feathers of a bird's tail, used to stabilize the bird while in flight and to control its direction.
  • Same as <internalXref urlencoded="rectoress">rectoress</internalXref>.
  • In <em>ornithology</em>, a tail-feather; one of the long or large quill-feathers of a bird's tail: so called from its use in directing or steering the course of a bird in flight, like a rudder.
  • A governess; a rectoress.
  • One of the quill feathers of the tail of a bird.
  • A <xref>governess</xref>; a <xref>rectoress</xref>.
  • A <xref>flight feather</xref> on the tails of birds, used for directional control.
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