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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

ALERÓN

AILERON, HIGHLIGHTED BONE
ON RIGHT WITH POINTED TIP
Photo by: Lord-Williams
Fr. aileron dim of aile (wing), Eng aileron, wing flap, the moveable part of a bird´s wing, a tuft of feathers, forms an aileron divice at the tip of the feathers that flaps. This mechanism increases the lift or drag providing lateral balance in the bird’s flight. Sent Soví instructs that the ailerons should be cut off with the claws. As feathers would be plucked, it appears that Sent Soví is referring to the wing tips. [Anón/Grewe. 1982:LXII:106; and Decker. "Aileron." Jul 10, 11]

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