fos·​so·​ri·​al | \ fä-ˈsȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce fossorial (audio) \

Definition of fossorial

: adapted to digging a fossorial foot

Examples of fossorial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Animals that burrow underground like the badger are called fossorial. National Geographic, "American badger," 14 Feb. 2020 Fossorial animals live underground, and nocturnal animals only come out at night. Kellie Ann Benz, The Mercury News, "Bear or badger? Specialists can’t agree on Los Gatos backyard video," 4 May 2017

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First Known Use of fossorial

1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fossorial

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

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27 Feb 2020

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“Fossorial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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