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[muh-tag-nuh-thuh s]
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  1. Ornithology. having the tips of the mandibles crossed, as the crossbills.
  2. Entomology. having biting mouthparts in the larval stage and sucking mouthparts in the adult stage.
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Origin of metagnathous

First recorded in 1870–75; meta- + -gnathous
Related formsme·tag·na·thism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for metagnathous


  1. (of the beaks of birds such as the crossbill) having crossed tips
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Derived Formsmetagnathism, noun

Word Origin

C19: from meta- + -gnathous
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