[ zahy-guh-dak-til, zig-uh- ]
/ ˌzaɪ gəˈdæk tɪl, ˌzɪg ə- /
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.
a zygodactyl bird.
Related formszy·go·dac·tyl·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for zygodactylous
/ (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
a zygodactyl birdCompare heterodactyl
Derived Formszygodactylism, noun
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