- Ornithology. having the tips of the mandibles crossed, as the crossbills.
- Entomology. having biting mouthparts in the larval stage and sucking mouthparts in the adult stage.
Origin of metagnathous
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
- (of the beaks of birds such as the crossbill) having crossed tips
C19: from meta- + -gnathous
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012