scansorial

[skan-sawr-ee-uh l, -sohr-]
adjective Zoology.
  1. capable of or adapted for climbing, as the feet of certain birds, lizards, etc.
  2. habitually climbing, as a woodpecker.

Origin of scansorial

1800–10; < Latin scānsōri(us) for climbing (scand(ere) to climb (see scan) + -tōrius -tory1, with dt > s) + -al1
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scansorial

adjective
  1. zoology specialized for, characterized by, or relating to climbinga scansorial bird

Word Origin for scansorial

C19: from Latin scānsōrius, from scandere to climb
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