Definition of cursorial in English:


Line breaks: cur|sor¦ial
Pronunciation: /kəːˈsɔːrɪəl


  • Having limbs adapted for running: a fast-flying and cursorial desert bird
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    • Their decline accelerated during the Oligocene and coincided with the rise of another group of large herbivorous and cursorial mammals, the artiodactyls.
    • Mammals inhabit diverse habitats, radiation of specialized groups such as bats, whales, cursorial mammals, hominoids.
    • However, during the Oligocene to late Miocene, a time period spanning approximately 20 Myr, the development of cursorial limbs in predators and in prey appears to have been decoupled.


mid 19th century: from Latin cursor (see cursor) + -ial.

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