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metagnathous

[ muh-tag-nuh-thuhs ]
/ məˈtæg nə θəs /
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adjective
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.
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Origin of metagnathous

First recorded in 1870–75; meta- + -gnathous

OTHER WORDS FROM metagnathous

me·tag·na·thism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for metagnathous

metagnathous
/ (mɪˈtæɡnəθəs) /

adjective
(of the beaks of birds such as the crossbill) having crossed tips

Derived forms of metagnathous

metagnathism, noun

Word Origin for metagnathous

C19: from meta- + -gnathous
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