Definition of opposable in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈpōzəbəl/


(Of the thumb of a primate) capable of moving toward and touching the other digits on the same hand.
Example sentences
  • Digits 1 and 2 on the forefeet are opposable to digits 3-5, and the hindfoot has a well-developed hallux.
  • The first 2 digits of their forefeet are opposable to the other three in the more arboreal species.
  • A panda with a fully opposable thumb that is lacking in its nearest relatives is hard to explain via evolution.

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Syllabification: op·pos·a·ble

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