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fossorial

[fo-sawr-ee-uh l, -sohr-] /fɒˈsɔr i əl, -ˈsoʊr-/
adjective, Zoology
1.
digging or burrowing.
2.
adapted for digging, as the hands, feet, and bone structure of moles, armadillos, and aardvarks.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; < Late Latin fossōri(us) adapted to digging (equivalent to Latin fod(ere) to dig + tōrius -tory1, with dt > ss) + -al1
Related forms
subfossorial, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for subfossorial

fossorial

/fɒˈsɔːrɪəl/
adjective
1.
(of the forelimbs and skeleton of burrowing animals) adapted for digging
2.
(of burrowing animals, such as the mole and armadillo) having limbs of this type
Word Origin
C19: from Medieval Latin fossōrius from Latin fossor digger, from fodere to dig
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