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fossorial

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adjective fos·so·ri·al \fä-ˈsȯr-ē-əl\

Definition of fossorial

  1. :  adapted to digging <a fossorial foot>



Origin of fossorial

Medieval Latin fossorius used for digging, from Latin fossor digger, from fodere


First Known Use: 1837


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