[fo-sawr-ee-uhl, -sohr-]
adjective Zoology.
digging or burrowing.
adapted for digging, as the hands, feet, and bone structure of moles, armadillos, and aardvarks.

1830–40; < Late Latin fossōri(us) adapted to digging (equivalent to Latin fod(ere) to dig + tōrius -tory1, with dt > ss) + -al1

subfossorial, adjective Unabridged
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fossorial (fɒˈsɔːrɪəl)
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
[C19: from Medieval Latin fossōrius from Latin fossor digger, from fodere to dig]

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