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zygodactyl

[zahy-guh-dak-til, zig-uh-] /ˌzaɪ gəˈdæk tɪl, ˌzɪg ə-/
adjective
1.
Also, zygodactylous. (of a bird) having the toes of each foot arranged in pairs, with two toes in front and two behind.
noun
2.
a zygodactyl bird.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; zygo- + -dactyl
Related forms
zygodactylism, noun
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  • Their specialized zygodactyl feet, with two toes pointing forward and two back, help them get a firm grip on vertical surfaces.
British Dictionary definitions for zygodactyl

zygodactyl

/ˌzaɪɡəʊˈdæktɪl; ˌzɪɡə-/
adjective
1.
(of the feet of certain birds) having the first and fourth toes directed backwards and the second and third forwards
noun
2.
a zygodactyl bird Compare heterodactyl
Derived Forms
zygodactylism, noun
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