fossorial

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English[edit]

Fossorial foreleg of Mole cricket
Skeleton of European mole, showing fossorial adaptions of forelegs
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Etymology[edit]

From Latin fossōrius ‎(adapted for digging or delving), from fodiō ‎(dig).

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fossorial ‎(comparative more fossorial, superlative most fossorial)

  1. Of, pertaining to, or adapted for digging or burrowing.
    The most specialized fossorial mammals (moles, marsupial mole) are subterranean, seeking food and shelter underground and rarely coming to the surface.[1]

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Noun[edit]

fossorial ‎(plural fossorials)

  1. Any digging animal (such as a mole)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Rose,Kenneth D. The Beginning of the Age of Mammals. isbn=978-0-8018-9221-9 2009