cur·​so·​ri·​al ˌkər-ˈsȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce cursorial (audio)
: adapted to or involving running

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The two primary competing theories, arboreal (tree-dropping) and cursorial (running along the ground), imply totally different lifestyles for early birds. Veronique Greenwood, Discover Magazine, 24 June 2011

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Word History


Medieval Latin cursōrius "of running" + -al entry 1 — more at cursory

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cursorial was in 1836

Dictionary Entries Near cursorial

Cite this Entry

“Cursorial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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