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Having webbing that connects all four toes, as in waterbirds such as pelicans, gannets, and boobies.

[Latin tōtus, whole; see total + palmate.]

to′ti·pal·ma′tion n.
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(ˌtəʊtɪˈpælmɪt; -ˌmeɪt)
(Zoology) (of certain birds) having all four toes webbed
[C19: from Latin tōtus entire + palmate, from Latin palmātus shaped like a hand, from palma palm1]
ˌtotipalˈmation n
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