zygodactyl

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zy·go·dac·tyl

 (zī′gə-dăk′tĭl, zĭg′ə-)
adj. also zy·go·dac·ty·lous (-tə-ləs)
Having two toes projecting forward and two projecting backward, as certain climbing birds.
n.
A zygodactyl bird, such as a parrot.

zy′go·dac′ty·ly (-tə-lē) n.

zygodactyl

(ˌzaɪɡəʊˈdæktɪl; ˌzɪɡə-)
adj
(Zoology) (of the feet of certain birds) having the first and fourth toes directed backwards and the second and third forwards
n
(Zoology) a zygodactyl bird. Compare heterodactyl
ˌzygoˈdactylism n

zy•go•dac•tyl

(ˌzaɪ gəˈdæk tɪl, ˌzɪg ə-)

adj.
1. (of a bird) having the toes of the foot arranged in pairs, with two toes pointed forward and two turned rearward, as woodpeckers.
2. of or pertaining to a zygodactyl bird.
n.
3. a zygodactyl bird.
[1825–35]
zy`go•dac′tyl•ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.zygodactyl - (of bird feet) having the first and fourth toes directed backward the second and third forwardzygodactyl - (of bird feet) having the first and fourth toes directed backward the second and third forward
heterodactyl - (of bird feet) having the first and second toes directed backward the third and fourth forward