Definition of zygodactyl in English:

zygodactyl

Syllabification: zy·go·dac·tyl
Pronunciation: /ˌzīɡōˈdaktl
 
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adjective

(Of a bird’s feet) having two toes pointing forward and two backward.
More example sentences
  • Their legs are strong, and feathered in many species; they have zygodactyl raptorial feet.
  • Paleogene fossils also document diverse extinct branches of the neornithine tree, ranging from large pseudotoothed seabirds to giant flightless land birds to small zygodactyl perching birds.
  • All the small zygodactyl or semizygodactyl forms, generally from Eocene deposits, are jumbled together in the family Zygodactylidae.

noun

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A bird with zygodactyl feet.

Derivatives

zygodactylous

Pronunciation: /-ˈdaktl-əs/
adjective
More example sentences
  • Owls are zygodactylous: two toes face anteriorly and two toes face posteriorly.
  • The feet are zygodactylous, with two toes pointed forward and two toes pointed backward.
  • The feet of most woodpeckers are large and zygodactylous, meaning two toes point forward and two backward on each foot.

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