fossorial

[fo-sawr-ee-uh l, -sohr-]
adjective Zoology.
  1. digging or burrowing.
  2. adapted for digging, as the hands, feet, and bone structure of moles, armadillos, and aardvarks.

Origin of fossorial

1830–40; < Late Latin fossōri(us) adapted to digging (equivalent to Latin fod(ere) to dig + tōrius -tory1, with dt > ss) + -al1
Related formssub·fos·so·ri·al, adjective
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fossorial

adjective
  1. (of the forelimbs and skeleton of burrowing animals) adapted for digging
  2. (of burrowing animals, such as the mole and armadillo) having limbs of this type

Word Origin for fossorial

C19: from Medieval Latin fossōrius from Latin fossor digger, from fodere to dig
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