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[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.
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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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Examples from the Web for scansorial

Historical Examples of scansorial

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

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

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

    The Cliff Climbers

    Captain Mayne Reid

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

    Minnie's Pet Parrot

    Madeline Leslie

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

British Dictionary definitions for scansorial


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

C19: from Latin scānsōrius, from scandere to climb
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