hemipode

hemipode

[hem-i-pohd]
noun

Origin:
1860–65; < Neo-Latin Hemipodius name of the genus < Greek hēmipod- (stem of hēmípous) half-foot. See hemi-, -pod

hemipodan [huh-mip-uh-dn] , adjective
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hemipode or hemipod (ˈhɛmɪˌpəʊd, ˈhɛmɪˌpɒd)
 
n
other names for button quail
 
hemipod or hemipod
 
n

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hemipode

(Greek: "half foot"), generally any bird of the suborder Turnices (order Gruiformes), which includes the plains wanderer (q.v.; family Pedionomidae), the button quail, and the lark quail (family Turnicidae), but especially Turnix species, such as the Andalusian hemipode, or striped button quail, T. sylvatica (see button quail). With the exception of the collared hemipode, also called plains wanderer, hemipodes lack the hind toe (hallux), having only three toes; hence the name hemipode.

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