Definition of Desmognathae
in former classifications
: 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
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Origin and Etymology of desmognathae
New Latin, from desm- + -gnathae
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