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[sal-tuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-]
  1. pertaining to saltation.
  2. Zoology. characterized by or adapted for leaping.
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Origin of saltatorial

First recorded in 1780–90; saltatory + -al1
Related formsun·sal·ta·to·ri·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for saltatorial

Historical Examples of saltatorial

  • The trend of phyletic development in the dipodomyines has been toward the saltatorial habit.

    Speciation in the Kangaroo Rat, Dipodomys ordii

    Henry W. Setzer

  • The degree of divergence from 100 would be an expression of the degree of saltatorial ability.

  • I was surprised at the facility with which this saltatorial rodent traveled through the network of small branches.

  • Saltatorial or Saltatory: formed for jumping or leaping: a posterior femur when much enlarged and dilated.

  • The Eskimo are clearly not successes in a cubistic or saltatorial line, as I have had ample opportunities to observe.

British Dictionary definitions for saltatorial


saltatory (ˈsæltəˌtɔːrɪ)

  1. biology specialized for or characterized by jumpingthe saltatorial legs of a grasshopper
  2. of or relating to saltation
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Word Origin for saltatorial

C17 saltatory, from Latin saltātōrius concerning dancing, from saltātor a dancer; see saltant
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