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[kur-sawr-ee-uh l, -sohr-]
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adjective Zoology.
  1. adapted for running, as the feet and skeleton of dogs, horses, etc.
  2. having limbs adapted for running, as certain birds, insects, etc.
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Origin of cursorial

1830–40; < Late Latin cursōri(us) of running (see cursory) + -al1
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  1. zoology adapted for runninga cursorial skeleton; cursorial birds
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