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a.1.(Zool.) Having the maxillo-palatine bones united; - applied to a group of carinate birds (Desmognathæ), including various wading and swimming birds, as the ducks and herons, and also raptorial and other kinds.
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Moreover, we observed that the palatine bone is almost identical in all species of Neomorphinae and very similar to the other terrestrial cuckoos (Centropodinae and Crotophaginae), especially as far as its desmognathous condition is concerned, as classified by Huxley (1868).