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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.


(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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nigricollis Brehm, eared grebe I R Podilymbus podiceps (Linnaeus), I C pied-billed grebe Order Procellariiformes (tube-nosed swimmers) Family Hydrobatidae (storm- I R petrels) Oceanodroma castro (Harcourt), I R band-rumped storm-petrel Order Pelecaniformes (totipalmate swimmers) Family Sulidae (boobies and gannets) Morus bassanus (Linnaeus), I R northern gannet Family Pelecanidae (pelicans) Pelecanus erythrorhynchos Gmelin, I R American white pelican P.