[zahy-guh-dak-til, zig-uh-]


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.

Nearby words

  1. zyban,
  2. zydeco,
  3. zygal,
  4. zygapophysis,
  5. zygo-,
  6. zygodactyly,
  7. zygogenesis,
  8. zygogenetic,
  9. zygoma,
  10. zygomatic

Origin of zygodactyl

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

Related formszy·go·dac·tyl·ism, noun

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  • Scansores, or Climbing, frequently called Zygodactyli or Zygodactylous birds.

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British Dictionary definitions for zygodactylous


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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