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metagnathous

[ muh-tag-nuh-thuhs ]

adjective

  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.


metagnathous

/ mɪˈtæɡnəθəs /

adjective

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


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Derived Forms

  • meˈtagnaˌthism, noun
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Other Words From

  • me·tagna·thism noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of metagnathous1

First recorded in 1870–75; meta- + -gnathous
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Word History and Origins

Origin of metagnathous1

C19: from meta- + -gnathous

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