heterodactylous

or het·er·o·dac·tyl

[ het-uh-roh-dak-tuh-luh s or het-uh-roh-dak-til ]
/ ˌhɛt ə roʊˈdæk tə ləs or ˌhɛt ə roʊˈdæk tɪl /

adjective Ornithology.

having the first and fourth toes directed backward, and the second and third forward, as in trogons.

Nearby words

  1. heterocyclic,
  2. heterocyst,
  3. heterocytotropic,
  4. heterocytotropic antibody,
  5. heterodactyl,
  6. heterodont,
  7. heterodox,
  8. heterodoxy,
  9. heterodromous,
  10. heterodyne

Origin of heterodactylous

First recorded in 1850–55; hetero- + -dactylous

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