desmognathous

Desmognathous

Des*mog"na*thous\, a. [Gr. desmo`s bond + ? jaw.] (Zo["o]l.) Having the maxillo-palatine bones united; -- applied to a group of carinate birds (Desmognath[ae]), including various wading and swimming birds, as the ducks and herons, and also raptorial and other kinds.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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