adhamant

adjective ad·ha·mant \(ˈ)ad-¦hā-mənt\

Definition of adhamant

  1. :  clinging as if by hooks —used especially of the feet of certain birds (as the swifts)

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Origin and Etymology of adhamant

Latin adhamant-, adhamans, present participle of adhamare to catch, secure, perhaps from ad- + hamus hook


First Known Use: circa 1890


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