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n. pl. rem·i·ges (rĕm′ə-jēz′)
A quill or flight feather of a bird's wing.

[Latin rēmex, rēmig-, rower : rēmus, oar; see erə- in Indo-European roots + agere, to drive; see act.]

re·mig′i·al (rĭ-mĭj′ē-əl) adj.
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n, pl remiges (ˈrɛmɪˌdʒiːz)
(Zoology) any of the large flight feathers of a bird's wing
[C18: from Latin: a rower, from rēmus oar]
remigial adj
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(ˈri mɛks)

n., pl. rem•i•ges (ˈrɛm ɪˌdʒiz)
one of the flight feathers of a bird's wing.
[1665–75; < Latin rēmex oarsman =rēm(us) oar + -eg- comb. form of agere to drive, do (see act) + -s nominative singular ending]
re•mig•i•al (rɪˈmɪdʒ i əl) adj.
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From mid-July through September, 10000 to 30000 Long-tailed Ducks (Clangula hyemalis) use the lagoon systems of the central Beaufort Sea for remigial molt.
Plumage growth during this period results in additional daily nutrient requirements, and simultaneous remigial molt does not allow waterfowl to forage widely (Salomonsen 1968; Baldassarre and Bolen 1994).
Beginning in 1985, brant were captured in July and August during the adult remigial molt.