[kur-sawr-ee-uh l, -sohr-]
- adapted for running, as the feet and skeleton of dogs, horses, etc.
- having limbs adapted for running, as certain birds, insects, etc.
Origin of cursorial
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Examples from the Web for cursorial
It had three toes, and is classed with the cursorial birds (ostrich, &c.).
No mammal has more than five toes, and the number tends to become reduced in cursorial animals (Rodents, Ungulates, Kangaroos).The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
Cursorial adaptations in birds—limb proportions in the skeleton of Geococcyx.Phylogeny of the Waxwings and Allied Birds
M. Dale Arvey
It may well have been the competition of the horses which led to the extinction of these cursorial rhinoceroses.Darwin and Modern Science
A.C. Seward and Others
Those modifications most noticeable in the case of cursorial types may be briefly mentioned as examples.
- zoology adapted for runninga cursorial skeleton; cursorial birds
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