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rasorial

[ruh-sawr-ee-uh l, -sohr-]
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  1. given to scratching the ground for food, as chickens; gallinaceous.
  2. pertaining to a bird's foot adapted for scratching.

Origin of rasorial

1830–40; < New Latin Rasor(es) former name of the order, Late Latin rāsorēs, plural of rāsor scratcher (Latin rād(ere) to scrape, scratch + -tor -tor, with dt > s; cf. raze) + -ial
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rasorial

adjective
  1. (of birds such as domestic poultry) adapted for scratching the ground for food

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin Rasores such birds, from Latin rādere to scrape
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