desmognathous

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

desmo- +‎ -gnathous

Adjective[edit]

desmognathous (not comparable)

  1. (zoology) having the maxillopalatine bones united; applied to a group of carinate birds (Desmognathae), including various wading and swimming birds, such as ducks and herons, and also raptorial and other kinds

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.