metagnathous

metagnathous

[muh-tag-nuh-thuhs]
adjective
1.
Ornithology. having the tips of the mandibles crossed, as the crossbills.
2.
Entomology. having biting mouthparts in the larval stage and sucking mouthparts in the adult stage.

Origin:
1870–75; meta- + -gnathous

metagnathism, noun
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metagnathous (mɪˈtæɡnəθəs)
 
adj
(of the beaks of birds such as the crossbill) having crossed tips
 
[C19: from meta- + -gnathous]
 
me'tagnathism
 
n

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