rasorial

[ ruh-sawr-ee-uhl ]
/ rəˈsɔr i əl /

adjective

given to scratching the ground for food, as is the habit of chickens and other gallinaceous birds.
pertaining to a bird's foot adapted for scratching.

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Origin of rasorial

First recorded in 1830–40; from New Latin Rasor(es) former name of the order, Late Latin rāsōrēs, plural of rāsor “scratcher, scraper,” from Latin rād(ere) “to scratch, scrape” + -tor noun suffix of agency (with -dt- becoming -s-) + -ial adjective suffix; cf. raze, -tor, -ial
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British Dictionary definitions for rasorial

rasorial
/ (rəˈsɔːrɪəl) /

adjective

(of birds such as domestic poultry) adapted for scratching the ground for food

Word Origin for rasorial

C19: from New Latin Rasores such birds, from Latin rādere to scrape
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