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zygodactyl

[ zahy-guh-dak-til, zig-uh- ]
/ ˌzaɪ gəˈdæk tɪl, ˌzɪg ə- /
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adjective
Also zy·go·dac·ty·lous. (of a bird) having the toes of each foot arranged in pairs, with two toes in front and two behind.
noun
a zygodactyl bird.
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Origin of zygodactyl

First recorded in 1825–35; zygo- + -dactyl

OTHER WORDS FROM zygodactyl

zy·go·dac·tyl·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for zygodactyl

zygodactyl
/ (ˌzaɪɡəʊˈdæktɪl, ˌzɪɡə-) /

adjective Also: zygodactylous
(of the feet of certain birds) having the first and fourth toes directed backwards and the second and third forwards
noun
a zygodactyl birdCompare heterodactyl

Derived forms of zygodactyl

zygodactylism, noun
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