Saurognathous Sau*rog"na*thous, a. [Gr. ? a lizard + ? the jaw.] (Zo["o]l.) Having the bones of the palate arranged as in saurians, the vomer consisting of two lateral halves, as in the woodpeckers ({Pici}). [1913 Webster]

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  • saurognathous — (ˈ) ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ thəs adjective Etymology: saur + gnathous 1. : of, relating to, or being an arrangement of the bones of the palate (as in certain woodpeckers) in which the maxillopalatals are short and the vomer is divided longitudinally and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • saurognathous — sau·rog·na·thous …   English syllables

  • saurognathism — sȯˈrägnəˌthizəm noun Etymology: saurognathous + ism : the quality or state of being saurognathous …   Useful english dictionary

  • piciform — [pi′sə fôrm΄] adj. of, or having the nature of, an order (Piciformes) of birds, including woodpeckers and toucans, having two front and two hind toes for clinging to vertical surfaces * * * ▪ bird Introduction  any member of the group of birds… …   Universalium

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