[in-suh-sawr-ee-uh l, -sohr-]


adapted for perching, as a bird's foot.
habitually perching, as a bird.
of or relating to birds that perch.

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Origin of insessorial

1830–40; < New Latin Insessor(es) the perching birds (Latin: perchers, equivalent to insed-, variant stem of insīdere to settle on (in- in-2 + sīdere to sit down) + -tōrēs, plural of -tor -tor) + -ial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for insessorial



(of feet or claws) adapted for perching
(of birds) having insessorial feet

Word Origin for insessorial

C19: from New Latin Insessōrēs birds that perch, from Latin: perchers, from insidēre to sit upon, from sedēre to sit

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