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Adapted to or specialized for running: cursorial birds; cursorial legs.

[From Late Latin cursōrius, of running; see cursory.]
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(Zoology) zoology adapted for running: a cursorial skeleton; cursorial birds.
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(kɜrˈsɔr i əl, -ˈsoʊr-)

1. (of a body part) adapted for running.
2. having limbs adapted for running.
[1830–40; < Late Latin cursōri(us) of running (see cursory) + -al1]
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Adj.1.cursorial - (of limbs and feet) adapted for running
fossorial - (of limbs and feet) adapted for digging
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