zygodactyl
adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary zyg- + Greek daktylos toe Date: 1831 having the toes arranged two in front and two behind — used of a bird

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  • zygodactyl — [zī΄gə dak′təl, zig΄ədak′təl] adj. [ ZYGO + DACTYL] having the toes arranged in two opposed pairs, two in front and two in the rear: also zygodactylous n. a zygodactyl bird, as the parrot zygodactylism n …   English World dictionary

  • Zygodactyl — yg o*dac tyl, Zygodactyle yg o*dac tyle, n. [See {Zygodactylic}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any zygodactylous bird. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • zygodactyl — zy•go•dac•tyl [[t]ˌzaɪ gəˈdæk tɪl, ˌzɪg ə [/t]] adj. 1) orn (of a bird) having the toes of the foot arranged in pairs, with two toes pointed forward and two turned rearward, as woodpeckers 2) orn of or pertaining to a zygodactyl bird 3) orn a… …   From formal English to slang

  • zygodactyl — zygodactylism, n. /zuy geuh dak til, zig euh /, adj. 1. Also, zygodactylous. (of a bird) having the toes of each foot arranged in pairs, with two toes in front and two behind. n. 2. a zygodactyl bird. [1825 35; ZYGO + DACTYL] * * * …   Universalium

  • zygodactyl — /zaɪgəˈdæktl/ (say zuyguh daktl), /zɪgə / (say ziguh ) adjective Also, zygodactylous. 1. (of a bird or bird s foot) having the toes disposed in pairs, one pair in front and one pair behind on each foot. –noun 2. a zygodactyl bird. {zygo + dactyl} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Zygodactyl — Der Fuß der Vögel weist eine Reihe von baulichen Besonderheiten zum Fuß der übrigen Wirbeltiere auf. Die Anzahl der Zehen schwankt artspezifisch zwischen zwei und vier, letzteres ist die Regel. Der Vogelfuß ist zumeist unbefiedert und mit… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • zygodactyl — 1. adjective Having two toes pointing forward, and two pointing backward; zygodactylous. 2. noun Any such bird (such as the parrot.) …   Wiktionary

  • zygodactyl — zy·go·dac·tyl .zī gə dak təl adj SYNDACTYL …   Medical dictionary

  • zygodactyl — adj. having two toes in front and two toes in back on each foot (especially pertaining to birds) n. type of bird having two toes in front and two toes in back on each foot …   English contemporary dictionary

  • zygodactyl — [ˌzʌɪgə(ʊ) daktɪl, zɪg ] adjective Ornithology having two toes pointing forward and two backward. Derivatives zygodactyly noun …   English new terms dictionary

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