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scansorial

[ skan-sawr-ee-uhl, -sohr- ]

adjective

, Zoology.
  1. capable of or adapted for climbing, as the feet of certain birds, lizards, etc.
  2. habitually climbing, as a woodpecker.


scansorial

/ skænˈsɔːrɪəl /

adjective

  1. zoology specialized for, characterized by, or relating to climbing

    a scansorial bird



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Word History and Origins

Origin of scansorial1

1800–10; < Latin scānsōri ( us ) for climbing ( scand ( ere ) to climb ( scan ) + -tōrius -tory 1, with dt > s ) + -al 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of scansorial1

C19: from Latin scānsōrius, from scandere to climb

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Example Sentences

They belong to the scansorial order of birds; that is, they have two toes forward and two backward.

Feet scansorial, versatile; the outer toe long, and connected by the first joints to the inner toe.

The sub-genus Chlorisses, in reference to Ornithology, is a scansorial type.

Unlike the toucans, however, it cannot climb trees, and is therefore not of the Scansorial order.

The toucan (Ramphastos) belongs to the genus of scansorial birds.

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