heterodactyl

heterodactylous

[het-uh-roh-dak-tuh-luhs]
adjective Ornithology.
having the first and fourth toes directed backward, and the second and third forward, as in trogons.
Also, heterodactyl.


Origin:
1850–55; hetero- + -dactylous

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To heterodactyl
Collins
World English Dictionary
heterodactyl (ˌhɛtərəʊˈdæktɪl)
 
adj
1.  (of the feet of certain birds) having the first and second toes directed backwards and the third and fourth forwards
 
n
2.  a bird with heterodactyl feet

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;