Desmognathae

plural noun Des·mog·na·thae \dezˈmägnəˌthē\

Definition of Desmognathae

in former classifications

  1. :  a primary division of birds having the maxillopalatines united directly or by ossifications in the nasal septum and including the ducks, geese, herons, storks, totipalmate birds, birds of prey, parrots, and most picarian birds

desmognathism

\-ˌthizəm\ noun, plural

-s

desmognathous

adjective

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Origin and Etymology of desmognathae

New Latin, from desm- + -gnathae


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