zygodactyl(redirected from zygodactylous)
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adj. also zy·go·dac·ty·lous (-tə-ləs)
Having two toes projecting forward and two projecting backward, as certain climbing birds.
A zygodactyl bird, such as a parrot.
zy′go·dac′ty·ly (-tə-lē) n.
(Zoology) (of the feet of certain birds) having the first and fourth toes directed backwards and the second and third forwards
(Zoology) a zygodactyl bird. Compare heterodactyl
zy•go•dac•tyl(ˌzaɪ gəˈdæk tɪl, ˌzɪg ə-)
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.